FDA is file a ban on menthol cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a ban on menthol flavored cigarettes and all cigar flavorings, except for tobacco, the agency said Thursday.

The agency says the proposal has the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from tobacco by "reducing youth experimentation and addiction."

He added that the ban would also be an “important step to advance health equity” by reducing disparities in tobacco use.

The Food and Drug Administration said eliminating menthol cigarettes could prevent between 300,000 and 650,000 smoking deaths over 40 years.

Menthol accounts for more than a third of cigarettes sold in the U.S, and the mint flavor is favored by Black smokers and young people. 

 Menthol’s cooling effect has been shown to mask the throat harshness of smoking, making it easier to start and harder to quit.

The FDA said it will also seek to ban menthol and dozens of other flavors like grape and strawberry from cigars, which are increasingly popular with young people, especially Black teens.

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