FDA bans menthol cigarettes: UM experts available


The FDA has announced that it will ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars over the next year, a move the tobacco industry has been pushing against for the past decade. Experts at the University of Michigan can comment.

David mendez

David mendez and Thuy Le from the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Management and Policy recently published a study showing that menthol cigarettes contributed to 378,000 premature deaths in the United States between 1980 and 2018.

“The successful implementation of the FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives in a short period of time and reduce health inequalities, especially for African Americans.” , Mendez said. “While menthol cigarettes were responsible for around 380,000 premature deaths in the United States over the past four decades, a disproportionate number of those deaths have occurred among the African American population.

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Kenneth warner

Ken warner is Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the Avedis Donabedian School of Public Health.

“This decision is certainly encouraging – but before we fall head over heels into a rousing response, we must recognize that the actual implementation of the regulations, if ever it did happen, would lie in the future,” he said. “Industry analysts have consistently concluded that… any results will take many years. Tellingly, the stock prices of cigarette makers have barely moved in response to the news. “

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Rafael Meza

Rafael Meza

Rafael Meza is an associate professor in the epidemiology department of the School of Public Health and co-head of the epidemiology and cancer prevention program at the UM Rogel Cancer Center. He conducts research on smoking and electronic cigarettes and has developed simulation models to assess the impact of screening and tobacco control on lung cancer risk.

“A ban on menthol in cigarettes and flavors in cigars is largely overdue,” he said. “It is clear that this will lead to a dramatic reduction in smoking and the consumption of combustible tobacco products as well as tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, while simultaneously reducing tobacco-related health disparities. It will take time for a ban to take effect, but it’s great news that the FDA has started the process to get there. “

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Erik Gordon

Erik Gordon

Erik Gordon, Clinical Assistant Professor at UM Ross School of Business, focuses on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and industry biomedical.

“There is research that indicates that menthol can make harmful chemicals more easily absorbed into the body and can make cigarettes more addictive,” he said. “The industry is targeting advertisements for menthol cigarettes at African Americans, and it works.

“About 70% of African Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 who smoke, smoke menthol cigarettes. Although African Americans as a whole are less likely to smoke than white Americans, menthol cigarettes help cigarette companies sell to new, younger smokers. Last year, the FDA banned unauthorized e-cigarettes that were flavored with fruit or mint and appealed to young people. “

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