Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars


Decades of tobacco industry documents show how the tobacco industry has deliberately targeted Black Americans with menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, as well as LGBTQ+ and limited-income communities. Menthol flavoring makes it easier to start smoking and harder to quit. Ensuring that more people smoke and fewer people quit means more money in Big Tobacco’s pockets.

ACS CAN urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a comprehensive and swift prohibition on menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. Additionally, ACS CAN will continue to advocate for the prohibition of all flavors in all tobacco products at all levels of government until they are no longer available to addict new consumers. Any flavored product left on the market will allow Big Tobacco to continue to target youth, communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community and others with its deadly products.

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Latest Updates

April 1, 2024

Today, the White House again failed to meet their own deadline to finalize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and eliminate all flavors in cigars despite an overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrating menthol flavoring is a serious public health risk.

March 21, 2024
New York

The following was originally published in the Albany Times Union on March 21, 2024. Over the past 30 years, the risk of dying from cancer has steadily declined. This trend can partially be explained by declines in smoking rates, progress in early cancer detection and advances in

March 7, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C.— March 7, 2024 —Ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is calling on the president to emphasize the need for continued bipartisan support for increased federal investment for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as prevention program funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, ACS CAN is urging the president to finalize the Food and Drug Administration’s rule prohibiting the sale of menthol in cigarettes without delay.

February 2, 2024

On the two-year anniversary of the reignited Cancer Moonshot, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is calling on the White House and Congress to reinforce their commitment to end cancer as we know it by taking key steps to prioritize cancer prevention and research.

Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars Resources

ACS CAN calls on the administration to finalize FDA’s rules to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars immediately. There is no scientific rationale for permitting any flavored tobacco product to remain on the market. To end cancer as we know it for everyone, tobacco use must be addressed and cannot be done without prohibiting the sale of menthol flavors and all flavored cigars.

Cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars pose a real danger to the long-term health of all Americans – especially young people – yet government regulation of these products lags behind that of cigarettes and e-cigarettes.