FDA advisers: Menthol cigarette ban would benefit health
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that the removal of menthol cigarettes from the U.S. market would benefit public health.
The agency's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee said at meeting in Silver Spring, Md., that the minty smokes hurt public health and offer no benefits. It was unclear whether the panel is recommending an outright ban of the cigarettes that are a key area for growth in the shrinking cigarette market.
...There's evidence consumers perceive that menthol cigarettes offer some form of health protection or medicinal benefit that non-menthol cigarettes don't, according to the drafts. That report says menthols are disproportionately marketed to African Americans and younger smokers.
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