FDA Bans Menthol in Cigarettes and All Flavors in Cigars
On April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will work toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars. This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products. The move by the FDA was, in part, a response to a citizen petition filed in 2013 by the Public Health Law Center, The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, and the Center for Black Health and Equity, among others. For more information, read the FDA's press release.