FDA Proposes Rules Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Dr. Michael Fiore discusses menthols with CBS 58 news. Click here to watch the video.

To watch the news video, click here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in  cigars. These actions have the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from combusted tobacco product use, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., by reducing youth experimentation and addiction, and increasing the number of smokers that quit. For details from the FDA, click here.

Many health organizations banded together to make an emphatic statement of support for the rules:

Health organizations support the menthol and cigar flavors bans

They published that statement in the Washington Post, New York Times and Politico.

An empty package of menthol cigarettes.
An empty package of menthol cigarettes. Photo by Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies