Minty-flavored and “easier” to smoke, menthol cigarettes have long been marketed to African Americans and have appealed to new smokers and teens.
But, thanks to a proposal last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end to the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars those products will now be a thing of the past. The FDA also proposed ending the sale of some e-cigarettes.
It’s a good start, but the FDA needs to do more to protect children and adults from these deadly products and deceptive marketing practices, like ending the sales of kid-friendly e-cigarette flavors like bubblegum and gummy bear.
The use of e-cigarettes by teens has sky-rocketed in recent years. A 2018 study by the FDA and the CDC found that vaping has increased 78% among high school students in just the past year.
“The only way to begin reversing this epidemic is for FDA to use its full regulatory authority to conduct premarket review of e-cigarettes and cigars. Relying on partial sales restrictions to somewhat curb access of these deadly products is not enough,” said ACS CAN President Chris Hansen.
ACS CAN and its volunteers will continue to advocate for more regulations of tobacco products and e-cigarettes with the goal of reversing the alarming increase in teen e-cigarette use.
“ACS CAN will continue to advocate for FDA to exercise its full authority over all tobacco products and work has hard as possible to reverse this alarming trend,” said Hansen.