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AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, VA (AP) — 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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4 Comments on "FDA to independently review of menthol cig studies"

2015 years 10 months ago

…just like we do heroin, crack, and pot.

Prohibition is always SOOOOOOO successful…..

2015 years 10 months ago

they r nuts one cigaretts aint no better then the other one,they think menthol makes it harder to quit yeah ok where r these peoples brain they r prob. a panal of non smokers who lay in bed at night an think up these crazy ideas whats next sex is going to be bad for our health or driving is going to cause some kinda weird 5 mile long name we can even say.come on people get a life if smokers want to quit they will, when they want not when u want them to, stop making it so hard an coming up with these stupid studies that are not a fact spec.from non smokers.

2015 years 10 months ago

The grammatical prowess of this comment is unbelievable. Truly, it’s remarkable.

2015 years 10 months ago

Instead of banning menthol cigarettes just ban ALL cigarettes completely. Smokers aren’t intelligent enough to know it but they can actually live without them!!!!


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