Menthol Cigarettes and Cigarettes Will Be Banished From the Market

In 2009, President Obama passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which instructed the FDA to remove flavored cigarettes from the marketplace. The FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) reviewed the science and concluded that menthol cigarettes harm public health and that they should be banned. Check this out:

The appeal of menthol flavoring significantly increases cigarette consumption, particularly among young people and minorities. Menthol cigarette use is also associated with a lower likelihood of smoking cessation. A recent study of African American smokers in a residential substance abuse treatment program found that a higher proportion of menthol smokers were unable to stop smoking at three months when compared with non-menthol smokers. The same was true for a study of participants at two community-based tobacco cessation clinics.

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Moreover, research shows that smokers who smoke mentholated cigarettes are more likely to report poor lung function and more difficulty in quitting. The TPSAC’s recommendation to remove mentholated cigarettes from the marketplace is an important step forward in protecting public health. Once the rules are finalized, it is expected to take several months before menthol cigarettes and cigars are completely removed from store shelves. However, it is important to note that the regulations will not prohibit individuals from possessing or using flavored cigarettes and cigars, only manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers will be prohibited from producing them. Currently, a number of local governments in the US have already implemented bans on menthol cigarettes, and more than 20 countries have banned mentholated tobacco and vapor products.