FDA To Independently Review Of Menthol Cig Studies

The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an independent review of research on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes.

The federal agency on Monday gave an update on its review of an advisory panel report on the minty smokes, one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business.

That report said that removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health because the flavoring has led to an increase in smokers and makes quitting harder. It also said the FDA should consider other factors, including that a ban could increase counterfeit and smuggled cigarettes.

The report submitted in March was mandated under the 2009 law giving the agency authority to regulate tobacco. The FDA can't ban nicotine or tobacco, but can limit what goes into products.

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  • by Steph on Jun 27, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    I'm of the opinion it should be legal to put anything into your own body, but not to damage other people with it. Which makes the public buildings and restaurants thing make sense. But....when you can't blink twice without spotting ten cigarette butts on the ground between the blinks, when they're frequently thrown down still burning, when people are smoking in vehicles with small children and all the windows rolled up, when someone else cannot get into the building without inhaling your smoke.....well, those things are problems. If the average smoker was more considerate of others- and there are smokers who are self-aware, but there are a lot who forget that their cigarettes affect anyone but themselves- if the average smoker was more considerate, then cigarettes would be far less of a problem.
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      by Scott on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM in reply to Steph
      We go to my son's ball games and people are out there smoking around kids and non smokers, then throwing down their butts. If I didn't care what people thought to some extent it would be hilarious to flatulate around the smokers. You can see the similarities between the two.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 02:24 PM
  • by Scott on Jun 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Why don't they just ban the dang things? First you couldn't smoke in public buildings, now you can't smoke in restaurants, soon you can't get Menthol's. Just end it now and make cigarettes illegal.
  • by M M Location: Sonewhere on Jun 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    make everything leagal, regulate it & tax the hell out it, shut up and stop ruining my life
  • by MO on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    Though I am a smoker of Menthol cigarettes, I would agree to this. I would love to quit but have failed many times. I cannot stand a non-menthol cigarette and if they were no longer available I would have to quit.
  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    That would be just my luck....Just my opinion, but I'd rather smell a Salem burning than a Winston.
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      by winston on Jun 27, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to Nana
      My dear,I sooo luv a winston light. but,they all been around long as i can remember?
  • by Scotty Location: Greenville on Jun 27, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    what happen to the LAND OF THE FREE its our country our choice of what we want to put in our bodies you should not ban one flavor if your not banning everyone single one
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      by Margeorie on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to Scotty
      I agree! Yes I am a smoker and a menthol one at that. I do not smoke in public places, I smoke on my property or in my vehicle! Which is my right! I understand the FDA says they do not need to put menthol in cigarettes but really what are they going to do next, ban alcohol from putting alcohol in it due to it makes people addicted and drunk. Seriously?!

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