The FDA's Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

Posted
February 21, 2019
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Keith A. Wailoo, who is currently writing a book about the history of the menthol cigarette, published a response to the Food and Drug Administration's proposed ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The FDA's Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

In November 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed issuing a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, which, noted FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, “represent one of the most common and pernicious routes by which kids initiate on combustible cigarettes” and “disproportionately and adversely affect under-served communities.” The tobacco industry responded that the proposal lacked scientific justification and predicted that it would not withstand a court challenge. The battle over banning menthols is not new. But the announcement marks a new chapter in a decades-long debate over the science of menthol and addiction, the public health costs, the marketing practices of tobacco companies, the politics of tobacco control in vulnerable populations, and the FDA’s authority.

Read more at The New England Journal of Medicine.