Ruh-roh! The FDA is making some noise about Menthol and Newport and Kool lovers may not be happy with the outcome. Pop the hood for details.
The health effects of menthol cigarettes and how best to regulate them will be discussed this week by a new 12-member U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel.
Although the overall cigarette market in the United States is shrinking, sales of menthol cigarettes are up, especially among young smokers, the Associated Press reported.
The FDA has new powers to regulate tobacco, including limiting nicotine and banning certain products and labels (such as “low tar” and “light”) that could wrongly lead consumers to believe certain products are less dangerous.
The committee, which includes three nonvoting members representing the tobacco industry, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday and make recommendations by March 2011, the AP reported.
An outright ban on menthol cigarettes is unlikely, experts said. Possible FDA actions include ordering a reduction of menthol levels, higher mandated prices, or more descriptive warning labels.
Stop the madness now before they take away our Funions and Forties!