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Federal officials began grappling Tuesday with one of the thorniest issues surrounding the regulation of tobacco: whether to ban menthol, the most popular cigarette flavoring, which is smoked by millions of Americans every day.

The issue carries great importance for public health advocates and tobacco executives. But it also has racial implications, since menthol cigarettes are overwhelmingly popular among African Americans.

A scientific advisory panel that will advise the Food and Drug Administration on regulating tobacco opened a two-day meeting Tuesday and began reviewing hundreds of published studies on menthol cigarettes. The panel, largely made up of scientists, physicians and public health experts, has a year to make a recommendation to the FDA on menthol cigarettes, which are used by about 26 percent of smokers and make up almost one-third of the $70 billion U.S. cigarette market.

Menthol cigarettes are especially popular among young smokers. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 62 percent of middle-school students who smoke begin with menthol cigarettes, whose minty taste can mask the harshness of tobacco.

About 75 percent of African American smokers use menthol brands, and tobacco companies heavily advertise menthol products in black communities and media.

Many African American smokers view menthol cigarettes as "soothing" and "smooth," and less harsh and dangerous than regular cigarettes, according to a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there is no evidence that menthol cigarettes are less lethal than regular cigarettes. Although African Americans smoke fewer cigarettes compared with white smokers, they have higher rates of lung cancer, stroke and other tobacco-related diseases.
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"When you peel away the layers, this is an economic issue for the tobacco industry," said William S. Robinson, executive director of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, which wants the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes. "We're talking about $18 billion a year; that's a serious hit for them," Robinson said in an interview.

When Congress passed a historic law last year that gave the FDA the power to regulate tobacco, it also banned candy and spice flavorings such as chocolate and clove, saying cigarette makers used those products to hook youngsters into a lifetime addiction. But it exempted menthol from the ban, saying it wanted the FDA to study the issue and report by 2012 whether restrictions on it would serve the public health.

That prompted a letter of protest to Congress from seven former U.S. health secretaries, who said that allowing menthol-cigarette sales to continue would "trample the health" of African Americans. They called it a "loophole big enough for a herd of wild animals to romp through."

Lorillard, which makes Newport, the country's most popular brand of menthol cigarettes, said in a statement Tuesday that menthol cigarettes are no more dangerous to health than standard cigarettes. "Menthol, obviously, has been used for decades in food, drink, cosmetics and other products," the company said. "And the science is clear and compelling that there is no differing health risk between menthol and non-menthol products. With respect to public health, using the best methods available to science, it is clear a menthol cigarette is just another cigarette and should be treated no differently."

But the scientific advisory panel has not yet reached that conclusion, and it spent Tuesday listening to FDA staff members present their review of 343 research papers on menthol cigarettes, published between 1921 and 2009.

Under the law passed last year, the FDA can demand for the first time internal studies and data from the tobacco industry. One of the advisory panel's goals during its first meeting is to determine what additional information it will request from the industry.

Robinson said that could be key in settling the debate about whether menthol poses a particular danger to public health.

"We still have questions about the role of menthol, regarding initiation of smoking and continued addiction and difficulty in quitting," he said. "Under this new law, the industry has to turn over documents at a level that's unprecedented. They have to share their scientific information. When we begin to know what they know, hopefully that will lead to a ban on menthol products."
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oh hell no


I love my menthol's

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Damn, they're determined to piss off everyone, huh?
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Damn, they're determined to piss off everyone, huh?
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No doubt. I wonder how Obama would take this? Newports FTW!
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Damn, they're determined to piss off everyone, huh?


No doubt. I wonder how Obama would take this? Newports FTW!
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Oh, don't worry about Barry. He'll just have the government take over the tobacco industry. They won't make many menthols anymore, but they'll make enough for him.
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Menthol cigs are nasty, but this is a slippery slope.

I understand banning the chocolate, vanilla, clove flavors which were a recent thing and yeah, they were sweet and very appealing to new (i.e. young) smokers.

But menthol has been around since filter cigarettes were invented. I suppose you could roll your own, though and save lots of money - they sell menthol filters.
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Damn, they're determined to piss off everyone, huh?


No doubt. I wonder how Obama would take this? Newports FTW!


Oh, don't worry about Barry. He'll just have the government take over the tobacco industry. They won't make many menthols anymore, but they'll make enough for him.
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It's good to be king. The rest of us peons still want our Newports, though.
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I'm just jealous, but if they're going to take away my dear cloves in the 'flavored tabacco' debacle, which, by the way are flavored with a SPICE, not artificial "grape" flavor or SSS, then I say take the f-ing menthols too...I've been pissed menthols stuck around this whole time. Maybe there are enought menthol smokers to get pissed off and we'll get cloves back too...

I can't get why Obammy went along with banning cloves when they're imported mainly from Indonesia...I thought he had a lot of love for his once home...?
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I just don't get this at all


it is absolute bullshit, aren't there bigger problems that they should be concerning themselves with right now?
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Menthol cigs are nasty, but this is a slippery slope.

I understand banning the chocolate, vanilla, clove flavors which were a recent thing and yeah, they were sweet and very appealing to new (i.e. young) smokers.

But menthol has been around since filter cigarettes were invented. I suppose you could roll your own, though and save lots of money - they sell menthol filters.
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Cloves have been around forever, do some research. The cloves are actually IN the cigarettes..i.e. a spice. Not a fake vanilla or chocolate flavoring.
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my elderly mother will finally riot!
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My mother's menthol carton listed high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients!
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Interesting. Menthol is derived from the mint family, such as peppermint.

It's widely used in herbal medicine, and has been shown to have anti viral and anti bacterial properties.

Essential oil of menthol, eye dropper, 1/2 to one drop on tip of cigarette.
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I quit smoking 2 years ago. But when I did smoke I smoked menthol cigs (Virginia Slims super slims menthol) I looooooved them.

I'll still crave one every now and then...but would never smoke one.

I didn't care for regular cigs though.
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Menthol helps you breath

They don't want to breath..lmao
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What brand does Obammy smoke? I thought it was Kools. Most bruthas smoke the Kools.
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Interesting. Menthol is derived from the mint family, such as peppermint.

It's widely used in herbal medicine, and has been shown to have anti viral and anti bacterial properties.

Essential oil of menthol, eye dropper, 1/2 to one drop on tip of cigarette.
 Quoting: Nine's

If you use it, ask for therapeutic grade, or food quality oil. Don't use perfume grade.
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Menthol helps you breath

They don't want to breath..lmao
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I read years ago that menthol cigs left tiny cystals in your lungs from smoking them and that is why they are more dangerous. ~~~~shrugs~~~
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Menthol helps you breath

They don't want to breath..lmao


I read years ago that menthol cigs left tiny cystals in your lungs from smoking them and that is why they are more dangerous. ~~~~shrugs~~~
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 928840


Not true..and almost all inhalers for colds and junk are menthol..it's good for you.
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It is an issue over control over Americans if they can manipulate cigarettes than they can progress onto other agendas. Therefore, if everyone considers the issues then everyone will have to back menthol cigarettes otherwise what will be next on their list of controls?
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Im so sick of the gov trying to save people from themselves.

The "racial implications" the article mentions is total bs. Who cares if african americans like them? Wanna get them to stop smoking? When folks sign up for food stamps force them to get a tracking device and for every thing they buy that isnt necessary (fake hair, spinners, ciggs, beer, et al) deduct that amount from their gov check each month. These fuckers will break the habit real quick.
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i could totally foresee this causing race riots.
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Menthol helps you breath

They don't want to breath..lmao
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its true. i smoke newports and when i have a cold i smoke more for the sinus relief.
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Interesting. Menthol is derived from the mint family, such as peppermint.

It's widely used in herbal medicine, and has been shown to have anti viral and anti bacterial properties.

Essential oil of menthol, eye dropper, 1/2 to one drop on tip of cigarette.
 Quoting: Nine's



i saw the writing on the wall last year over menthol ciggs,planted a nice patch out in the garden of mint,gonna dry it and blend it with my home grow baccy.


Ha Ha Ha...MF ers.....


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It is to my understanding that Menthol was used in ancient Sumeria as sterilizing agent on human males. I wouldn't ban it as it would result in population explosion.

[link to www.washingtonpost.com]

Federal officials began grappling Tuesday with one of the thorniest issues surrounding the regulation of tobacco: whether to ban menthol, the most popular cigarette flavoring, which is smoked by millions of Americans every day.

The issue carries great importance for public health advocates and tobacco executives. But it also has racial implications, since menthol cigarettes are overwhelmingly popular among African Americans.

A scientific advisory panel that will advise the Food and Drug Administration on regulating tobacco opened a two-day meeting Tuesday and began reviewing hundreds of published studies on menthol cigarettes. The panel, largely made up of scientists, physicians and public health experts, has a year to make a recommendation to the FDA on menthol cigarettes, which are used by about 26 percent of smokers and make up almost one-third of the $70 billion U.S. cigarette market.

Menthol cigarettes are especially popular among young smokers. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 62 percent of middle-school students who smoke begin with menthol cigarettes, whose minty taste can mask the harshness of tobacco.

About 75 percent of African American smokers use menthol brands, and tobacco companies heavily advertise menthol products in black communities and media.

Many African American smokers view menthol cigarettes as "soothing" and "smooth," and less harsh and dangerous than regular cigarettes, according to a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there is no evidence that menthol cigarettes are less lethal than regular cigarettes. Although African Americans smoke fewer cigarettes compared with white smokers, they have higher rates of lung cancer, stroke and other tobacco-related diseases.
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"When you peel away the layers, this is an economic issue for the tobacco industry," said William S. Robinson, executive director of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, which wants the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes. "We're talking about $18 billion a year; that's a serious hit for them," Robinson said in an interview.

When Congress passed a historic law last year that gave the FDA the power to regulate tobacco, it also banned candy and spice flavorings such as chocolate and clove, saying cigarette makers used those products to hook youngsters into a lifetime addiction. But it exempted menthol from the ban, saying it wanted the FDA to study the issue and report by 2012 whether restrictions on it would serve the public health.

That prompted a letter of protest to Congress from seven former U.S. health secretaries, who said that allowing menthol-cigarette sales to continue would "trample the health" of African Americans. They called it a "loophole big enough for a herd of wild animals to romp through."

Lorillard, which makes Newport, the country's most popular brand of menthol cigarettes, said in a statement Tuesday that menthol cigarettes are no more dangerous to health than standard cigarettes. "Menthol, obviously, has been used for decades in food, drink, cosmetics and other products," the company said. "And the science is clear and compelling that there is no differing health risk between menthol and non-menthol products. With respect to public health, using the best methods available to science, it is clear a menthol cigarette is just another cigarette and should be treated no differently."

But the scientific advisory panel has not yet reached that conclusion, and it spent Tuesday listening to FDA staff members present their review of 343 research papers on menthol cigarettes, published between 1921 and 2009.

Under the law passed last year, the FDA can demand for the first time internal studies and data from the tobacco industry. One of the advisory panel's goals during its first meeting is to determine what additional information it will request from the industry.

Robinson said that could be key in settling the debate about whether menthol poses a particular danger to public health.

"We still have questions about the role of menthol, regarding initiation of smoking and continued addiction and difficulty in quitting," he said. "Under this new law, the industry has to turn over documents at a level that's unprecedented. They have to share their scientific information. When we begin to know what they know, hopefully that will lead to a ban on menthol products."
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obammy won't like this

you can buy pure menthol crystals from health food stores.

yeah..it's an expectorant..

just put some on some natural tobacco, you'll get over a chest cold in no time.

not that i would know..haven't had a cold in 5 years, haven't had the flu in 20 years +..

vitamin d3 and exercise..

when they outlaw that..5 cigarrettes a day. then i'll give a shit

the FDA can kiss my ass, i'll live to a 100 and like it.

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This reminds me of the movie Airplane when the stewardess comes out and basically say's we're all dead, and btw we're out of coffee. Of course the lack coffee makes everyone go nuts.

This will be the spark that will finally piss people off, never mind the trillions they've stolen.
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I just don't get this at all


it is absolute bullshit, aren't there bigger problems that they should be concerning themselves with right now?
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No, getting the people pissed off enough to start a violent rebellion is the BIGGEST, most important problem they have to deal with right now. So they can overwhelm the country with force and take our rights, our land, our food, our water and our air.
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What brand does Obammy smoke? I thought it was Kools. Most bruthas smoke the Kools.
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Back in the day, before cocaine was outlawed Kools contained coke. That's why all the jazz musicians used to smoke them and that's the connection between Kools and jazz music.
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When Congress passed a historic law last year that gave the FDA the power to regulate tobacco


Welcome to the new world order. If laws don't exist to regulate tobacco, we will just make them.

People won't quit smoking if they ban menthol cigarettes, they will just switch over. Kids will smoke whichever kind of cigarettes are available.

Silly really.

I used to smoke, quit over 20 years ago. It was my choice to smoke, my choice to quit. I don't need laws passed to eliminate my choices.

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