FDA Moves to Ban This Type of Cigarettes ASAP
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths per year, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. In other words, about one in five deaths are related to the bad habit and 1,300 people diet per day from it. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a big move toward significantly reducing disease and death from combusted tobacco products, by declaring they are making the move to ban two popular types of smoking products. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May Have Had COVID and Not Known It.
The FDA Wants to Ban Menthol-Flavored Nicotine Products
In a statement, the FDA announced they are "issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars; the authority to adopt product standards is one of the most powerful tobacco regulatory tools Congress gave the agency," they said. "This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products and builds on important, previous actions that banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009."
"Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products," said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D in the statement. "Together, these actions represent powerful, science-based approaches that will have an extraordinary public health impact. Armed with strong scientific evidence, and with full support from the Administration, we believe these actions will launch us on a trajectory toward ending tobacco-related disease and death in the U.S."
Menthol is a Proven Motivating Factor in People Smoking
There is scientific evidence that menthol is a motivating factor in people spoking, particularly in younger groups, as it masks the flavor and harshness of tobacco. It can also make products more addictive and harder to quit. One study even found that banning the minty flavored cigarettes could result in 923,000 smokers quitting, including 230,000 African Americans, in the first 13 to 17 months following the ban. An alternative study adds that this could equate to saving 633,000 lives—including 237,000 African Americans.
According to the CDC, over a third of all the cigarettes sold in the United States in 2018 were menthol flavored. And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.