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Most are not surprised that tobacco companies are not anxious to put graphic pictures of damage from smoking on their packaging. Patients are rarely able to escape the premature aging that come as a result of smoking. Dr. O’Toole discusses options with patients to help restore healthy skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Medical grade skin care treatments and laser resurfacing can help skin appear more youthful. Removing the top layers of the skin and allowing the skin that is more healthy underneath to show helps with the overall appearance. Botox and injectable fillers can also help. If the patient is still smoking they may not be a good candidate for a facelift. Complications and risk for smokers after surgery are significantly higher. According to ABC7 four large U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and pictures of diseased lungs.

The FDA has said the graphic labels serve as frank and honest warnings about the dangers of smoking and wants to make them mandatory on cigarette packs, cartons and advertising by next September.

But tobacco companies believe the labels violate free speech and want them stopped. They argue that the labels unfairly urge adults to shun their legal products and will cost millions to produce.


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