FDA Pushes Harder to Ban Menthol in Cigarettes

Bridget Mulroy

Menthol cigarettes are most commonly available in low-income neighborhoods.(WhiteMay/iStock)

There has been some buzz about the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pushing to pull menthol cigarettes from shelves. While the FDA’s plan was still making its way to becoming law, and cigarette companies were lobbying against the idea, there hasn’t been much movement in the matter – until now

The Agency announced an official proposal to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes and all flavored cigars. Flavored tobacco is still considered safe, most likely due to the working of the proposal, and flavored tobacco also encompasses chewing tobacco.

The FDA is pushing this agenda to reduce the likelihood of young people becoming addicted and reduce the rates of smoking-related deaths and illnesses. While that has always been the angle in tobacco regulation, the evidence has only mounted in recent years.

In a publication titled A Systematic Review of Neighborhood Disparities in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Marketing, The National Library of Medicine reports menthol cigarettes as the most easily accessible in low-income communities. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also correlates the consumption of menthol in cigarettes to the types of smoking-related illnesses afflicting these same communities. 

The FDA’s brazen move to make menthol illegal is a monumental stance against tobacco companies. Resistance from them is inevitable since linking specific health issues and targeted areas.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said, “The authority to adopt tobacco product standards is one of the most powerful tools Congress gave the FDA, and the actions we are proposing can help significantly reduce youth initiation and increase the chances that current smokers quit.”

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Working formerly as a ghostwriter for a well-known New York magazine, Bridget Mulroy won two prestigious writing awards. As a writer, she takes a keen interest in topics that impact people's lives and will leave no stone unturned to share a story. Each of Bridget Mulroy's publications on the NewsBreak platform explores change and encourages readers to think beyond the limitations of the world they thought they knew.

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