In its own independent report from 2013, the FDA found clear evidence that menthol increases the initiation, progression and dependence of regular smoking, and decreases the success of quitting smoking. Finally, eight years later, the FDA is taking the required next step to ban this flavor in deadly tobacco products.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has long advocated for the elimination of the minty aroma in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars in our call to end all flavors in all products. tobacco.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide and contributes to a third of all cancer deaths. Menthol has been shown to make it easier to start smoking and make it harder to quit, which is exactly why Big Tobacco uses it.
Half of teens who smoke report using menthol cigarettes and nearly nine in ten black Americans who smoke use menthol cigarettes. Big Tobacco has targeted black communities, especially black youth, with menthol cigarettes to line its pockets for decades through bespoke ads, free giveaways in black neighborhoods, and cheap prizes and coupons.
The tobacco industry also uses flavorings in other tobacco products to attract young people and make them dependent.
Cigars are the second most consumed tobacco product by young people. In a 2015 study, 74% of young people who used cigars said aroma was the main reason for use. Removing flavors from cigars to match the flavor ban already in place on cigarettes will go a long way in reducing future deaths from tobacco-related illnesses, especially cancer.