Pressing the FDA on Menthol

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 granted the FDA the authority to address the crushing public health burden of menthol in tobacco products, especially on youth, African-Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, in the three years since the law was enacted, the FDA has studied the issue but failed to act on this authority. This webinar will discuss what the public health community can do to press the FDA to take bold action on menthol.

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Webinar Slides [PDF]


  • Ellen Vargyas, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, American Legacy Foundation
  • Dr. Philip S. Gardiner, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence Research Administrator for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, University of California, Office of the President
  • Desmond Jenson, Staff Attorney for the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium


  • Joelle Lester, Staff Attorney for the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium