Posts Tagged ‘Menthol cigarettes’

Blumenthal Speaks Out Against Menthol Cigarettes

Citing evidence that cigarette companies use menthol to promote smoking among young people and minorities, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is urging the FDA to regulate the substance. Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent a letter Monday to Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking her to follow last month’s recommendation by an advisory committee of the FDA to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. Based on a recent study, the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee concluded that menthol makes smoking more palatable and possibly makes cigarettes more addictive. ... 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 >>

‘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 >>

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 >>

Cigarette Makers Sue FDA Over Review

WASHINGTON – Lorillard Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. last week asked a federal court to stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from relying on advisory panel recommendations on issues such as menthol cigarettes. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, the suit alleges financial conflict of interest and bias by several members of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). ... read more >>

Why Big Tobacco Targeted Blacks With Ads for Menthol Cigarettes

Come March, the FDA will decide whether tobacco companies can continue marketing menthol cigarettes. Thousands of advertisers who have a separate ethnic marketing strategies for any product that has health implications should be watching closely. So listen up, folks with ties to food, alcohol, soda, diet supplements and pharmaceuticals: There but for the grace of the federal government go you. ... read more >>

A vicious cycle

A recent study showed 80 percent of African-American smokers choose menthol cigarettes. On Nov. 24, I tried to stop smoking cigarettes — again. This was my latest attempt over the last 730 days to replace a bad habit with a good one. I am a full-time student, a mother of two, and with each pregnancy, I stopped cold turkey. The conspiracy theory I have drawn up in my mind: I must either get pregnant again to psychologically stop the self-inflicted suicide of smoking or repeatedly go through a tremendous personality shift. As I empty each pack, I vow never to buy another. After 18 hours, I am angry at my children and the world. I buy another pack of non-menthol. I prefer menthol, but I decide to trick myself. It does not work. Now I have two packs of cigarettes and I smoke both packs in two days. ... read more >>

FDA Advisers Renew Review on Whether to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The battle over menthol-flavored cigarettes heats up again Thursday as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel continues a series of hearings on whether to ban the cigarettes. The FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee consists of nine members and includes doctors, scientists and public health experts. The tobacco industry is represented by three non-voting members. The committee has until next March to report its menthol findings to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. ... read more >>