WASHINGTON, DC – The Food and Drug Administration says menthol-flavored cigarettes likely pose a greater health risk than regular cigarettes. After a preliminary assessment of possible health effects of menthol cigarette the FDA says the minty flavor in these cigarettes is “likely associated with greater addiction.”
The agency says menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking. The FDA was given authority to regulate cigarettes as part of a law passed by congress in 2009. That law banned the use of all flavoring in cigarettes except menthol. The agency’s tobacco advisory committee studied the issue in 2011 and ruled removing menthol from cigarettes would benefit public health but didn’t make any specific regulatory suggestions.
The agency issued its preliminary public health assessment and also a formal notice to seek public comment. They announced they will fund three-additional studies on menthol cigarettes which would be conducted before any new rules were issued.
Source – CNN