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FDA Wants to Ban Menthol Cigarettes
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to ban menthol cigarettes to stop teen smoking. The government also wants to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and flavored cigars.
But is that okay?
The surgeon general’s website says, “No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine as well as other chemicals that are known to damage health. For example, users risk exposing their respiratory systems to potentially harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes.”
And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that quitting smoking can add years to your life. In fact, it causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S. – that’s nearly one in five deaths.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement that says, “Today, I'm pursuing actions aimed at addressing the disturbing trend of youth nicotine use and continuing to advance the historic declines we've achieved in recent years in the rates of combustible cigarette use among kids.”
What some people don’t want to happen, though, is government interference. While anti-smoking groups like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids hailed the move, opponents say it could create an underground market for menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco.
What Do You Think?
Do you think the government should ban menthol cigarettes and take things even farther by banning flavored e-cigarette nicotine, or do you think it’ll be overstepping its bounds by doing so? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them on my Facebook page or join the conversation on Twitter.