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Petitioning Food and Drug Administration Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

Tell the FDA: Ban the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes


Menthol cigarettes are dangerous gateway to a lifetime of smoking. Research shows that menthol cigarettes make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit.

The “minty” sensation of a menthol cigarette masks the harsh reality of cigarette smoke and can lead to a lifelong addiction in adults.

More alarmingly, it is children who have the highest rates of menthol use.

Every day 3,900 children try their first cigarette. More than 950 will become addicted and some time in the future, half of them will die from their habit. In fact, 88 percent of smokers report they begin smoking before they turned 18.

This year alone, 440,000 Americans die from cigarette smoking - deaths that are entirely preventable.

Menthol cigarettes are a deadly and deceptive product. In 2009, the FDA banned flavored cigarettes from the market, but made an exception for menthol cigarettes. It’s time to change that.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is currently accepting public comments on this issue. Use your voice and demand the FDA to protect public health and safety by removing menthol cigarettes from the market immediately.

 Docket No. FDA-2013-N-0521

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