Anti-smoking messages put on matches

September 23, 2008 7:20:53 AM PDT
When people think about having a cigarette, the last things they want to think about is the damage they might be causing their bodies by lighting up. But officials in New York City are urging smokers to do just that.

Officials are including graphic images of smoking-related health issues on packs of matches. Among the images are diseased lungs, rotted gums and tumors caused by smoking. The matchbook images are coupled with the words: "Cigarettes Are Eating You Alive."

You can see some of the covers on the New York City health department site. On the Net: New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: