RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR

As documented in three earlier blog posts (1, 2, 3) and an article in the New York Times, RJ Reynolds has introduced several “non-menthol” brands of cigarettes in an effort to get around California’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products.

It is important to keep in mind that the law prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, not just menthol products. RJR has a handy public online database that lists the ingredients in many of its cigarettes (but not Kool). I checked all the Camel and Newport “non-menthol” brands listed in the database and all reported including licorice as well as natural and artificial flavors. Some also included carob, which is often used in place of chocolate.

While the law says “a tobacco product shall not be determined to have a characterizing flavor solely because of the use of additives or flavorings or the provision of ingredient information,” one wonders what these flavoring agents are doing if it is not to affect flavor.

Published by Stanton Glantz

Stanton Glantz is a retired Professor of Medicine who served on the University of California San Francisco faculty for 45 years. He conducts research on tobacco and cannabis control and cardiovascular disease/

One thought on “RJR non-menthol cigarettes have other flavors according to RJR

  1. Another question is whether Reynolds received the required SE orders from FDA to allow the introduction of these new products — or is Reynolds is just calling them new while they have already been on the market legally (e.g., were on the market on Feb. 15, 2007 or have subsequently obtained an SE order from FDA allowing their marketing as products substantially equivalent to cigarettes that were on the market on Feb. 15, 2007). And — if they do not have necessary SE orders allowing their marketing — will FDA enforce against them?

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