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FDA: e-cigarettes to face same regulations as tobacco products

WINSTON-SALEM (MCT) — Electronic cigarettes will be regulated as tobacco products, and not drug-delivery devices, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The agency’s decision was a signal that it would not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court last year’s decision by a federal appeals court. The FDA had wanted the ability to treat electronic cigarettes as drug-delivery devices — thus subject to stricter regulations — because e-cigarettes heat nicotine extracted from tobacco. But it lost the case. ... read more >>

Menthol cigarettes: Q&A about an FDA report on risks of menthol cigarettes – WHO

Menthol cigarettes are “cool” — literally and figuratively. They soften the harshness of tobacco smoke, and their popularity continues to increase, particularly among young people and African Americans. Some health experts feel it’s high time they were banned. ... read more >>

New Survey Finds Menthol Smokers Feel “Twice-Addicted”

Menthol cigarettes may be less harmful to smokers than regular cigarettes, according to a study by Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College, but all cigarette smoking is bad for you, the study’s leader pointed out. The results were released just days after a federal panel suggested that menthol cigarettes were more harmful and that limiting them could improve public health. ... read more >>

Star Scientific’s Tobacco Lozenges Get Favorable FDA Ruling

Star Scientific Inc. (CIGX) said U.S. regulators ruled that two of the company’s lozenge brands aren’t subject to regulation under the 2009 tobacco law. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision clears the way for Star Scientific, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, to start selling its Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL tobacco lozenges, the company said today in a statement. The company’s shares jumped to their highest value in about 21 months. ... read more >>

FDA panel stops short of recommending ban on mentol cigarettes

A review panel for the Food and Drug Administration did not go so far as to call for an outright ban on menthol cigarettes but it did say taking the compound off the market would likely benefit public health. The FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee came to its conclusion after reviewing the issue for the past year, and the ruling could have an impact on whether the FDA will regulate what cigarette companies can put in their products. ... read more >>

‘First Step in Long Process’

WASHINGTON — Three leading tobacco companies issued responses to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), the advisory committee to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which was charged with issuing a nonbinding report and recommendations on the issue of menthol’s impact on the public health. As reported in CSP Daily News yesterday, TPSAC concluded that the removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States, despite the fact that they found there was no difference in disease risk between smokers of menthol cigarettes and smokers of nonmenthol cigarettes. ... read more >>

FDA panel: Menthol cigarette ban good for public health

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Taking menthol cigarettes off the market would benefit public health, the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee concluded Friday after a year of reviewing the issue. Panel members stopped short of recommending specific regulatory action by the FDA, such as banning menthol cigarettes, which are preferred by about 30% of smokers overall and 80% of African-American smokers. Minty menthol has been the only cigarette flavor on the market since Congress gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco products in 2009. ... read more >>

Tobacco makers fight menthol rules

RICHMOND — Menthol cigarettes are no riskier than regular cigarettes and should not be regulated differently, the tobacco industry argues in a report to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency is considering banning the minty cigarette flavoring. Many health experts say consumers think menthol offers health benefits, and that menthol cigarettes are disproportionately marketed to African-Americans. ... read more >>

FDA weighs ban on Newports, other menthol cigarettes

“It was cool to smoke Kools,” Gardiner explains. Over the more than 40 years since Gardiner — who is black — opted for Kools, menthol cigarettes have become increasingly popular with African-American smokers. Today, black smokers are four times more likely to choose menthols than white smokers. (Gardiner quit smoking long ago.) By 2005, half of black smokers smoked Newports, the most popular cigarettes brands. ... read more >>

FDA panel findings could lead to curbs on menthol cigarettes

Washington — Adding menthol to cigarettes may increase the likelihood of addiction and make it easier for young people to start smoking, according to preliminary findings of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel. The panel said the scientific evidence showed that “menthol has cooling and anesthetic effects that reduce the harshness of cigarette smoke” and this reduction “could facilitate initiation or early persistence of smoking by youth.” ... read more >>

Big Tobacco Claims FDA Stacked the Deck

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming the federal agencies stacked the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee with “a clique” who have “severe financial and appearance conflicts of interest and associated biases” on the tobacco industry. ... read more >>