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RICHMOND, VA (AP) — A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes.

The federal agency released the independent review on Tuesday. It is seeking input from the health community, the tobacco industry and others on possible restrictions on the minty smokes.

An advisory panel told the FDA in a 2011 report 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. The report, however, said menthol smokers are not likely to be at a higher risk of disease or exposed to a greater number of toxins.

The FDA’s review reiterates those findings but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban menthol in cigarettes.

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15 Comments on "FDA: Menthol cigarettes pose public health risk"

2015 years 9 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better. I quit in January and began with 30 min of cardio a day. Got up to the point where I could go on a two hour run about 3 and a half months later. Still smoke free and still exercising like crazy. It’s what keeps me sane and I feel so much better. I smoked for 20 years and never imagined this would be me.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is by far the biggest aid to never picking a cigarette up again.
After quitting, get into a rigorous cardio routine, starting slowly and ramping up as quickly as possible. You will quickly realize just how bad your endurance, strength and stamina are. Kickboxing for example, will have you gasping for air and sweating like a lawn sprinkler within 10 minutes, just endure it and keep on plugging. Keep on that routine at least twice a week for an hour and you’ll find a huge difference within a month and a bigger one after 6 months. After all of that progress to get your stamina back, you’ll never again want to be where you were before. This is hard work, but it’s the very best deterrant against relapse that you can get!!! Nothing really worth doing is ever easy.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Which would you rather do?
1. Sit in a room with smokers?
2. Sit in a room with a cooking pot of collard greens?
Now the FDA wants to know what goes into electronic cigarettes????
Whom approved them to sell to start with?

Have fun :-)

2015 years 9 months ago

I quit 3 years ago after trying unsuccessfully about 40 times. I was told then that menthols(which I smoked) were the hardest to quit.
If you fail, DON’T GIVE UP,it’s worth it.

2015 years 9 months ago

I smoked menthol too for about 35 years. I’ve been smoke free for 16 months now and it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do thus far in my life. The patch and then non-nicotine vapor cigg is what got me through it. So I’ll reierrate (sp?) DON’T GIVE UP!

2015 years 9 months ago

To quote the first paragraph of the story:

A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes POSE A GREATER PUBLIC HEALTH RISK than regular cigarettes.

The remaining part of the story goes on to explain specifically that menthol cigarettes DO NOT POSE ANY GREATER RISK.

Please clarify.

2015 years 9 months ago

The higher risk factor is that they believe it makes it harder for them to quit because they taste better… They go on to say they are not more harmful than regular cigarettes health wise.

2015 years 9 months ago

While I feel for people that have smoked for decades and are addicted…anyone who starts smoking these days is just plain stupid. WHY oh WHY would anyone want to partake in something that is so dangerous to your health? Smokers are so much more likely to get cancer, they smell bad, they litter like crazy, it goes on and on. Oh well…their problem not mine

2015 years 9 months ago

Not only do smokers smell bad, they actually stink.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Smoking is probably less risky than taking any number of the new prescription drugs on the market as well as a lot of the “food” they sell on the shelves and frozen section of the grocery store. Maybe they should ban artificial flavoring from junk foods to cure America’s obesity problem because laying off the Big Mac’s is hard when they taste so good, artificially. Just sayin…

2015 years 9 months ago

Thanks for your comment.. I smoke but one I don’t smell bad (anytime I go places people always tell me I smell good) and second I do not litter.

2015 years 9 months ago

The government at its finest. I hope that anyone interested in the truth to read the entire article and not just take the headline at face value. Menthol cigarettes do not pose a greater public health risk. It just encourages more people to smoke. If they would legislate and tax alcohol as much as they to tobacco, our streets would be a lot safer. I can easily avoid cigarette smoke, but I have no way of knowing when a drunk driver is running loose.

2015 years 9 months ago

so the FDA has spent money to be able to recommend….nothing? tobacco is now FDA approved…great. so was vioxx. we all know they are bad for you, so what’s the big deal? im in the process of quitting and its been rough, switch the the vapor cig, weaned myself to 0 nic and now quit. it sucks, but i got myself into this mess. we can encourage people not to smoke but we need to be mindful it’s a legal product, and its a personal choice.

Guest 10101
2015 years 9 months ago

Because smoking is so detrimental to your sense of taste and smell, you’ve become incapable of sensing it yourself.

FYI: “anytime I go places people ALWAYS tell me I smell good” wouldn’t make sense for ANYONE to say much less a smoker.

Methinks thou art full of ye olde bull crappeth.

2015 years 9 months ago

I grew up in a household with a smoker in it. I didn’t smell it the entire time that I lived there. After I had been out of it a while, I began noticing a difference and anytime I go home for a visit, I leave there smelling of cigarette smoke.


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