FDA Issues Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

4/29/2022 6:00:00 AM

The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people.

The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people.

The U.S. government on Thursday will lay out its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, which have taken a disproportionate toll on Black smokers and other minorities.

Severe Hepatitis Cases in Kids Continue to Rise, WHO Calls for Investigations The FDA will also seek to ban menthol and dozens of other flavors like grape and strawberry from cigars, which are increasingly popular with young people, especially Black teens., which have taken a disproportionate toll on Black smokers and other minorities.The oxygen mask had been changed three days earlier and was set to the “emergency” mode designed for smoke or fumes in the cockpit, meaning 100 per cent oxygen was being supplied under constant pressure.Thu 28 Apr 2022 13.

The agency's proposals on both cigarettes and cigars are only be initial drafts.FDA will take comments before issuing final rules, which then could face years of legal challenges from tobacco companies.Menthol accounts for more than a third of cigarettes sold in the U.Menthol is the only cigarette flavor that was not prohibited under the 2009 law that gave the FDA authority over tobacco products, an exemption negotiated by industry lobbyists.“When we enter the cockpit, between the various preliminary checks before taking off, we also check the oxygen flow in the side masks,” he said.The act did, though, instruct the agency to continue to weigh a ban.The FDA has attempted several times to get rid of menthol but faced pushback from Big Tobacco, members of Congress and competing political interests under both Democratic and Republican administrations.The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin the process of banning menthol tobacco cigarettes in an attempt to improve the health of groups most likely to smoke menthol products.“There is an important unmet medical need here with these youngest kids,” said Dr Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer, to the Associated Press.

Last April, the Biden administration pledged to try to ban menthol within the year, responding in part to African American groups who say menthol has led to lower quit rates and higher rates of death among Black people.Menthol’s cooling effect has been shown to mask the throat harshness of smoking, making it easier to start and harder to quit smoking.” A ‘locator’ chart shows the final journeys of the EgyptAir A320 The Corriere della Sera report also alleges the pilots had complained of feeling tired during the night flight, which departed from Charles De Gaulle airport shortly after 11pm local time.Menthols are used by 85% of Black smokers.“Black folks die disproportionately of heart disease, lung cancer and stroke,” said Phillip Gardiner of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.The agency’s proposals on both cigarettes and cigars will only be initial drafts.“Menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars are the main vectors of those diseases in the Black and brown communities, and have been for a long time.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) pushed for a total ban on inflight smoking as far back as 1996 but the body’s resolutions are only taken into account by governments in drawing up their own laws, rather than establishing hard rules.” In 2020, Gardiner’s group and several others sued to compel the FDA to make a decision on a ban.Menthol is the only cigarette flavor that was not prohibited under the 2009 law that gave the FDA authority over tobacco products, an exemption negotiated by industry lobbyists.Moderna’s vaccine isn’t the only one in the race.

In 2019, more than 18 million Americans smoked menthol cigarettes, with higher rates among young people, African Americans and other racial groups, according to the FDA.The FDA made several efforts to begin eliminating menthol under both the Obama and Trump administrations, but has never previously released a formal roadmap of how the process would work.Last April, the Biden administration pledged to try to ban menthol within the year, responding in part to African American groups who say menthol has led to lower quit rates and higher rates of death among Black people.“This is the first time there’s been support from an administration,” said Mitch Zeller, who recently retired after nine years leading FDA’s tobacco center.“If these rules are finalized they become the law of the land and it becomes illegal for menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars to be sold.Read More: Black Kids Were Already Exposed to More Gun Violence Than White Kids.” In recent weeks, dozens of interest groups — for and against the ban — met with Biden administration officials to try and influence the proposed rule, which would wipe out billions in tobacco sales.“It’s critically important that we have the proper evaluation so that parents will have trust in any vaccines that we authorize,” Marks told a Senate committee.

For decades, tobacco companies focused menthol advertising and promotions in Black communities, sponsoring music festivals and neighborhood events.“Menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars are the main vectors of those diseases in the Black and brown communities, and have been for a long time.Industry documents released via litigation show companies viewed menthol cigarettes as a good “starter product” because they were more palatable to teens.Menthol’s elimination would be a huge blow to tobacco companies, including Marlboro-maker Altria and Reynolds American, which sells the leading menthol brands, Newport and Kool.The FDA made several efforts to begin eliminating menthol under both the Obama and Trump administrations , but has never previously released a formal roadmap of how the process would work.With the slow decline of smoking, tobacco companies have been diversifying into alternative products, including electronic cigarettes and tobacco pouches.But those ventures still account for a tiny slice of industry sales.“If these rules are finalized they become the law of the land and it becomes illegal for menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars to be sold.In a study of kids ages six months through five years, two Moderna shots – each a quarter of the regular dose – triggered high levels of virus-fighting antibodies, the same amount proven to protect young adults, Burton of Moderna said.

More than 12% of Americans smoke cigarettes, with rates roughly even between white and Black populations.Copyright AP - Associated Press.For decades, tobacco companies focused menthol advertising and promotions in Black communities, sponsoring music festivals and neighborhood events.

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