Scientific Evidence of Harm Should Prompt FDA to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Statement of Chris Hansen, President, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

July 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- July 23, 2013 -- "The Food and Drug Administration report issued today affirms previous scientific evidence that menthol flavoring in cigarettes makes it harder to quit and encourages kids to take up the habit -- findings that necessitate a ban on menthol cigarettes.

"The report confirms the results of an exhaustive review of scientific evidence conducted two years ago by the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, which concluded that the removal of menthol as a distinguishing flavor from cigarettes would benefit public health.

"The science is clear that menthol cigarettes pose a threat to public health, and we urge the FDA to take swift action to ban them.

"We hope the effort to invite public comment on regulation of menthol cigarettes will only serve to strengthen the already compelling need to remove these products from the market, and to compel the FDA's quick action."

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