• July 23, 2024

FDA urged to ban menthol

 FDA urged to ban menthol

Eight US senators have urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban sales of menthol cigarettes, according to a MassLive.com story relayed by the TMA.

In a letter to the FDA, the senators urged the agency to ‘act on the substantial scientific data’ available by exercising its authority under the Tobacco Control Act to prohibit menthol-cigarette sales.

The lawmakers praised the FDA for its work on discouraging youth smoking and raising public awareness of its harms.

But they said menthol cigarettes were a ‘starter product for youth’ and that they posed ‘a public health risk above that seen with non-menthol cigarettes’.

‘Continued delay on this issue will only further worsen this public health crisis, as a new generation of smokers are initiated and become addicted to menthol cigarettes …,’ the senators said.

‘We urge the FDA to use its authority to expediently remove menthol as a flavor additive.’