The FDA turns its attention to menthol cigarettes

A menthol health problem

THE FIGHT against smoking is, by his own admission, deeply personal for Scott Gottlieb, head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an American regulatory agency. Having worked as a doctor and survived cancer, he has seen its effects up close and is determined to get Americans to quit tobacco. On November 15th he announced widely expected measures to restrict the sale of flavoured vaping products. More surprising was a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

The minty smokes represent 35% of the American tobacco market. In only a few other countries, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, are they as popular. Even as overall rates of smoking in America have been declining recently, consumers’ preference for menthol cigarettes has increased slightly. The FDA laid out no time frame for its potential ban but its announcement sent big tobacco companies’ share prices plummeting...

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