Anti-Smoking Signs Considered for Massachusetts C-stores

BOSTON -- A Massachusetts bill would make the state the first in the U.S. to require cigarette retailers to display medical warnings featuring graphic images of the results of smoking on the human body, according to a report by

The proposal was presented to state health regulators, and would be funded by $300,000 in federal stimulus money, according to the report. If passed, signs could begin appearing before the end of the year in more than 9,000 Massachusetts convenience stores.

The campaign is modeled after one passed in New York City, where cigarette retailers have to hang signs showing diseased lungs, hearts and teeth.

Cigarette companies are fighting the move, according to the Web site.

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