The FDA is going to gather research about the effects of menthol and other tobacco flavors. This comes after many anti-tobacco groups urged the FDA to restrict these flavors. Some believe that the flavors are the ones that make more people smoke. Also, they might be responsible for teen smoking because they are more appealing than simple tobacco.
FDA Cracking Down on Tobacco in General
After the FDA announced that they intend to lower the nicotine levels from cigarettes, several groups advised them to restrict the tobacco flavors as well. The tobacco and menthol are the only flavors available in the US for cigarettes. Despite this fact, other flavors can be found in e-cigs, little cigars, and other tobacco products.
One of the reasons for which people want to restrict the flavors from any tobacco product is that it makes these products much more appealing for teens and young adults. This is also an attempt to lower the rate of smokers and to stop other from starting to smoke.
Robin Koval, the president of Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco group, added:
The FDA seems very focused and very serious about making real progress on tobacco.
Anti-tobacco groups stated that the removal of menthol and other tobacco flavors needs to be done now, not in a few years. This is not the first attempt the FDA makes to ban menthol. In 2013 the agency also tried to remove the menthol flavor but nothing was done. The anti-tobacco groups also mentioned that the FDA shouldn’t waste time on making studies because there is evidence that menthol and other tobacco flavors have an impact on health.
In order to lead a healthy life, doctors and specialists advise people to stop smoking or at least to lower the number of cigarettes they smoke every day. Smoking is one of the top 5 preventable causes that lead to disease and death.