This tracker provides information about the actions of federal agencies, such as the FDA and the USDA, on public health issues within the focus areas of the Center.

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Prohibit Menthol as a Characterizing Flavoring of Cigarettes and Cigarette Smoke

In 2013, The Public Health Law Center filed a Citizen Petition to the FDA, requesting that the agency add menthol to the list of prohibited flavors in cigarettes. Menthol had been exempted from the product standard established in the Tobacco Control Act but the FDA was given the power to prohibit menthol. In the absence of prompt FDA action, the Public Health Law Center and its partners filed the Citizen Petition advocating for the exemption to be removed.