Lorillard Goes On The Offensive Over Menthol Cigs

Cigarette maker Lorillard is launching a campaign to defend menthol cigarettes amid a federal review of the minty smokes.

The nation's third-largest cigarette company that makes the top-selling menthol brand, Newport, has launched a website called "Understanding Menthol."

The site explains the Greensboro, N.C., company's position, the science under review by the U.S Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee, and the consequences of a potential ban on the product.

Lorillard also sent letters to more than a half-million Newport smokers about the FDA's review of claims that menthol cigarettes have greater public health impacts, including among children and certain ethnic groups.

Menthol is a key area for growth for tobacco companies in a shrinking cigarette market.


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  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jul 1, 2010 at 06:18 PM
    Ah-hahahahahaha I read your junk website. The benefits of smoking, OMG, you actually listed that down as a source....Please! Get a life and stop trying to defend something that isn't worth defending...go grab a "good" cause to defend. Here I thought I was dealing with someone that had a little bit of intelligence. Wrong!
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jul 1, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Yeah, I'm not going to use Big Tobacco propoganda and the mad rantings of a Bedlamite. Okay, @Tom From Raleigh, what study, please link here, are you going to use that says there's nothing wrong, dangerous, or unhealthy about TOBACCO products and TOBACCO use? Please do not refer to some third world Tobacco funded study....use a study from a developed nation. We will continue to wait on your answer.....
  • by @Tom in Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    You use Wikipedia as a source? You believe the WHO, even though they've publicly published that they will not hire smokers? That sounds like discrimination to me. I find it funny that they will talk about the "horrors" of smoking and go so far to not employ smokers to keep this illusion of health intact for them. How about finding studies from places other than the US where it seems to be commonplace to withhold research findings if they don't agree with the hypothesis that they had? I find it absolutely hilarious and disturbing that all but two articles used sources from the WHO. Wonderful one-sided approach. For the record, I love how you jump down my throat and assume that I smoke. I'll let you know that I've never touched a cigarette in my life. However, I will look into something farther than the face value represented. Wash my hands? Sure, I'll wash my hands of you and the stupidity, because I've presented the facts that I can and you've ignored them.
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    Clove cigarettes? Eugenol? According to the article, Dr. Frederick Schecter, a Whittier, California thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon discovered "a wealth of scientific studies have been conducted on eugenol," and said the chemical has been documented as toxic to cells and pharmacologically active on the central nervous system. He also said eugenol is "sensitizing" (meaning it can induce development of an allergy against itself) and has produced severe allergic reactions in dental patients, manifested by wheezing and shortness of breath....you have any more healthy smoking tips or info @Tom ffrom Raleigh? List them out and I'll debunk your junk....don't mind doing it...really!
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world, responsible for the death of 1 in 10 adults, leading preventable causes of all deaths, kills up to half of its regular users. If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 8 million deaths each year by 2030. At current trends up to one billion will die in the 21st century. An estimated 1.3 billion people smoke. Most people start smoking before the age of 18; almost a quarter of these individuals begin using tobacco before the age of 10. Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for disease worldwide. Tobacco is deadly in any form or disguise: Cigarettes, pipes, bidies, kreteks, clove cigarettes, snus, snuff, smokeless, cigars…Mild, light, low tar, full flavor, fruit flavored, chocolate flavored, natural, additive-free, organic cigarettes, PREPS, harm-reduced…An estimated 200,000 workers die annually due to exposure to smoke at work; The US EPA estimates that second-hand smoke is responsible for about 3000 lung cancer deaths annually among non-smokers.
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    I'm slamming you @Tom from Raleigh with facts and good info. Smoking = Free? Freedom? Don't think so! http://www.globalissues.org/article/533/tobacco#Freechoice
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Doctors at institutions including the Mayo Clinic have stated that use of hookah is equally detrimental to a person's health as smoking cigarettes,and a study by the World Health Organization also confirmed these findings. Each hookah session typically lasts more than 40 minutes, and consists of 50 to 200 inhalations that each range from 0.15 to 0.50 liters of smoke. Reports by the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society have shown that, in a one-hour hookah session, users consume about 100 to 200 times the smoke and about 70% more nicotine than they would in one cigarette. A 2005 study found that water pipe smokers were five times more likely than non-smokers to show signs of gum disease. People who smoked water pipes had five times the risk of lung cancer as non-smokers. ...from wikipedia on Hookah smoking...Wow!
  • by @Tom in Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    As far as tying a deadly product into being "free", what about all the grain or fruit that is being used for alcohol? Want to sue the growers and the shopkeepers for the cases of drunken drivers killing people or the many cases of cirrosis? Your argument is exactly what all of the anti-tobacco groups keep spouting out, but I've yet to see any of that magical "P" word used in any of their propaganda: PROOF. Way to turn yourself into a propaganda spewing automaton. My point on you studying history? If it weren't for tobacco, you wouldn't be speaking English and living in Raleigh as you know it now. Tobacco, as I said before, kept the colonies afloat and helped to keep them going long before anything related to the slave trade was involved. Want my proof? Here: http://www.forces.org/evidence/evid/therap.htm http://asthmalungdisease.suite101.com/article.cfm/benefits_of_smoking Have fun with that.
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    The last study I saw was by WHO and it didn't list any benefits of smoking in third world countries. In fact, it said the opposite of what you're saying....of course, the WHO could be an evil organization that is hiding sensitive information about the data it collected...then again, I think that is Big Tobacco....http://nsma.org.au/world3.htm, http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9704/16/tobacco.world/, http://www.forbes.com/2007/12/04/smoking-africa-asia-biz-cx_tvr_1203smoking.html Now @ Tom in Raleigh, what exactly were you saying? I mean, these sites seem to say the exact opposite of what you are purporting. Yeah, thought as much. Don't confuse your addiction with freedom...it's atrocious that you even argue for tobacco while apparently being addicted to nicotine. sad, sad I say. You "ain't" got no "evidence" to break it down for me. "Nuthin'." Just a bunch of crazy talk. Look, go get your fix, take a drag, but do it in a closet, in your own home. Wash your stinkin hands afterwards.
  • by @Tom in Raleigh on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    Ok, apparently someone didn't get their nap. Let me just break this down for you. I have read the studies that have been put out by the countries in the middle east and far east. My mother was born in Morocco and goes there at least once a year. I was fortunate enough to go with her a few times and I observed the people there with my own eyes. My friend travels to the far east and has told me about the smokers there, so yes, I'm going off of first and second hand experience. Also, as far as the clove cigars and cigarettes go, there are helpful effects of those. If someone has airborne allergies, the Eugenol in the clove is an anesthetic, which numbs the lungs, thus keeping an allergic reaction at bay. There isn't anything that explicitly states that people have a right to smoke, but there's nothing that negates that either. This is, again, a FREE COUNTRY. We're allowed to do what we want, within reason and without fear of persecution from others.
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