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Cigarette cartons get a makeover

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Attention smokers, your cigarette cartons and boxes are getting a makeover.

As of Tuesday, there is a ban on the words, light, mild or low in all advertising and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  It's part of the Tobacco Control Act.  Instead, you'll see color references on tobacco products.

Woodall's Clerk Melissa Williams said, "They just have to look at the name now.  We still have some come in, some customers come in and be like, is this the same pack, because they got the different names on them.  We have to explain to them that we have a new rule now, we only go to colors now."

Also starting Tuesday, tobacco companies can no longer sponsor cultural and sporting events, or give away free samples, or sell cigarettes in packages of less than 20.

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