Protect Our Children: Support a Ban on Mentholated Tobacco Products
  • Petitioned Dr. David Ashley

This petition was delivered to:

Director for the Office of Science, FDA
Dr. David Ashley
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, FDA
Dr. Deyton Lawrence

Protect Our Children: Support a Ban on Mentholated Tobacco Products

    1. The Network for LGBT Health Equity ,
    2. Petition by

      The Network for LGBT Health Equity ,

      Boston, MA

In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act made the sale of most flavored additives, including fruit and candy flavoring, illegal in the United States. This was done in order to protect youth and young adults.

However, the law exempted menthol-flavored cigarettes, which are preferred by most youth and young adult tobacco users because they are perceived as less harsh and easier to smoke.

The evidence that menthol needs to be banned is clear. And the FDA can choose to ban it. This is doubly important to do because menthol is disproportionately used by people of color and vulnerable populations. As just two examples: 84% of all African Americans who smoke and 71% of LGBT youth who smoke are using menthol cigarettes.

Banning menthol saves lives and money and makes sense. A recent study found that simply removing menthol from cigarettes should save 600,000 lives by 2050.

WE NEED TO ACT! Join the list of individuals, organization, government agencies, and others calling on the FDA to remove menthol flavoring from tobacco products!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      Clearly a bad idea: Keep your laws off of my freedom!

      • over 2 years ago

      WORST IDEA EVER. Keep your laws off of my choices!

    • JoAnna Minor OMAHA, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      I currently smoke mentholated and if they are banned I will stop

    • Dana Fields-Johnson EL DORADO HILLS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because tobacco continues to kill our youth and is has deadly repercussions to their future health. Let's do the right thing and continue to strengthen our laws to prohibit tobacco companies from using deceptive practices to addict our youth to cigarettes!

    • Laura Hamasaka WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Menthol in tobacco creates starter cigarettes for youth.


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