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Grisly Labels Not So Scary For Cigarette Sales

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Smoking causes approximately 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths in women. Smoking also causes cancers of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, stomach, uterus, and acute myeloid leukemia. Nearly one-third of all cancer deaths are directly linked to smoking.(Photo/FDA)

Smoking causes approximately 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths in women. Smoking also causes cancers of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, stomach, uterus, and acute myeloid leukemia. Nearly one-third of all cancer deaths are directly linked to smoking.(Photo/FDA)

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. tobacco companies’ sales aren’t expected to go up in smoke despite new grisly warning labels set to appear on cigarettes packs next year.

An analysis by research firm IBISWorld estimates the labels will cause a decline of less than one percent in overall U.S. tobacco revenues in 2013.

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An average person smokes fifteen cigarettes a day at a cost of about $1,500 per year, translating to $300 million in lost sales. That’s only a fraction of the estimated $43.8 billion in revenue in 2013.

The labels required by federal law will take up half of the pack by the fall of 2012 and include images of diseased lungs and a smoker’s corpse.

Cigarette makers are concerned by marketing restrictions imposed by the labels, and some are suing over them.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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