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Shock images to cut tobacco use

Packs of US cigarettes are to feature new, graphic warning pictures including corpses and diseased lungs in the hope deterring smokers.

The images, which also include cancer patients, were unveiled as part of a new campaign by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health.

The number of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically over the past 40 years, but the decline has slowed.

About 46 million adults in the US, or 20.6%, smoke cigarettes, along with 19.5% of high school students.

The new prevention plan is part of the law passed in June 2009 giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco, including marketing and labelling guidelines, banning certain products and limiting nicotine.

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