On April 28, 2022, the FDA proposed a rule to ban menthol in cigarettes. The presence of menthol in cigarettes has been an issue that has been at the forefront of FDA commercial tobacco product regulation since the FDA began regulating. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) follows collections of information in 2013 and in 2018 that did not include a proposal to act. This action was prompted by a citizen petition, filed by the Public Health Law Center and its partners in 2013 and litigation filed in 2020 challenging the FDA’s inaction on that petition.

Members of the public health community have until July 5, 2022, to submit comments to the FDA. Participation in this process is important, particularly as the tobacco industry will attempt to influence the process. Industry targeting is one of the largest causes of the health disparities caused by menthol and cigarette manufacturers are actively disseminating misinformation about FDA regulation.

 

If you are an advocate, or state or local public health worker, consider this resource when drafting your comment.

If you are a researcher, consider this resource when drafting your comment.

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