Ending the sale of Menthol in Cigarettes and Flavors in Cigars Key to Achieving Cancer Moonshot Goals

22 groups representing millions of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers tell White House that finalizing rules will save lives and leave a lasting public health legacy

December 13, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network joined 21 groups representing millions of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, to send a letter to the White House supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules to eliminate the sale of menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. The letter reads in part:

“Saving lives from cancer will take thoughtful public policy and programmatic efforts that leave no one behind. Our community combating cancer works to provide patient services, advance research, and advocate for evidence-based public policies designed to reduce pain and suffering due to cancer and reduce health care disparities. The elimination of menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes is one of the most important public policy actions this administration can take to save lives from cancer and is fully supported by scientific evidence.”

Read the full letter here.

The following is a list of groups that signed the letter: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Association for Cancer Research, American Lung Association, Association for Clinical Oncology, Association of American Cancer Institutes, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Free ME from Lung Cancer, GO2 for Lung Cancer, Hope for Stomach Cancer, LiveLung, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, LUNGevity Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, National LGBT Cancer Network, Oncology Nursing Society, Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Streak For A Cure, Inc., Upstage Lung Cancer.