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Comment on FDA Menthol & Cigar Flavor Ban [Concluded]
- Comment Period Extended for Flavored Cigar/Menthol Plans (Tobacco Reporter)
- CASAA: “Think Bigger than a Menthol Ban“
- FDA News Release – “FDA Proposes Rules Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars . . .”
- ACLU – Statement on FDA Menthol Cigarette Ban.
- Vaping 360 – FDA Will Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Remains Silent on Menthol Vapes
- Reason Foundation – “Frequently asked questions about the FDA’s ban on menthol cigarettes“
- CATO Institute – Nothing Good Can Come From FDA’s Proposed Ban of Menthol Cigarettes
Starting on May 4, 2022, the FDA is accepting comments on two proposed rules banning the use of flavors other than tobacco in combustible tobacco products.
One rule would ban the use of menthol in cigarettes (including RYO and some heated tobacco products), and the other prohibits all flavors other than tobacco in cigars, blunt wraps, and components and parts of “cigars.” The comment period runs until August 2, 2022.
Just like the field of tobacco research and control, there is likely a variety of opinions on the “menthol rule” within CASAA’s membership.
Whether you’re supporting the rule or opposed, one thing we can all agree on is that people who smoke need safer alternatives to cigarettes — mentholated or not!
While the FDA is moving ahead with banning more tobacco products, it is failing to authorize a meaningful variety of e-liquids and devices that are responsible for recent accelerated declines in smoking.
In addition to sharing your views on banning menthol cigarettes and other flavored combustible products, take this opportunity to urge FDA to ensure that people have access to safer forms of nicotine delivery that are enjoyable and affordable–like vaping, nicotine pouches, and smokeless tobacco products.
- Share your story about switching to vaping or any other smoke-free nicotine product.
- Mention the flavor (or flavors) that helped you break away from smoking, especially if it was/is menthol.
- Think about the tobacco laws in your community and state. Are you aware of incidents involving law enforcement and people (young people in particular) who use nicotine/tobacco products? What were the outcomes? Sharing local news stories will help FDA understand how their rule is being enforced by other agencies not subject to FDA’s authority.
- Remember: There are two separate dockets open for comment.