Cigarette and Tobacco:
Questions - Answers
Excerpts from General Information Reference Manual
Consumer Information Center
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation,
WARNING NOTICES/SURGEON GENERAL
Current Labels rotate quarterly and are as follows:
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and may Complicate Pregnancy.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.
"Why isn't the Surgeon General's warning notice required on product like BUGLER and KITE? Aren't you misleading the public?"
The warning labels are required by the federal government on all cigarette packages. Roll-your-own tobaccos, such as BUGLER and KITE, and pipe tobaccos, such as SIR WALTER RALEIGH and ISLAND TRADER, are loose-blended tobaccos and are not classified as cigarettes.
"Why do some tobacco products in CALIFORNIA have a warning label and the same products don't in other areas of the country?''
In 1986, California passed a law which resulted in a warning on cigars and other tobacco products sold in California. The warning is not required on tobacco products (such as cigarettes) which carry a Federally mandated warning label. The California warning is as follows:
WARNING: This product contains/produces chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.