FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, with 480,000 Americans dying from it each year. Now the Food and Drug Administration is taking action in hopes of stopping this trend.

The FDA has recommended banning all menthol cigarettes and cigars in the United States

The agency said menthol cigarettes make up more than a third of all cigarettes sold in the United States.

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The FDA said one reason for the ban was to protect children. Katrina Smith, director of the Smoke Spot in Dayton, said she agreed with the goal, but not with the agency’s method.

“I feel like they can always move on to the next item and smoke something different as well,” Smith told News Center 7’s Candace Price.

In Ohio, just over 19% of adults are smokers and about 5% are high school students.

Another reason for the proposed ban, the FDA said, is to reduce the health impact on minorities. About 30% of white smokers choose menthols while 85% of black smokers choose menthols.

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Davina Banks said she doesn’t usually smoke menthol, but disagreed with the ban.

“Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to stop anything,” Banks said.

The proposed rule would come into effect one year after the publication of the final version of the ban. The FDA says it will take public comment on the matter in June.

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