The ACLU has a long history of taking money from and supporting the tobacco industry

I was not surprised when the American Civil Liberties Union came out against the FDA’s plan to end menthol cigarettes, repeating baseless industry arguments that getting rid of menthol would lead to more police violence against African Americans. Why? Because the ACLU has been carrying the tobacco industry’s water for decades. The ACLU has opposedContinue reading “The ACLU has a long history of taking money from and supporting the tobacco industry”

Is FDA going to ban menthol as a “characterizing flavor” or an ingredient? It matters

Today the FDA, with important support from the Biden Administration, announced that it would be moving to ban menthol as a “characterizing flavor” in cigarettes. In so doing, the FDA acted as requested in a Citizen’s Petition submitted by the Public Health Law Center in 2013. This is an important step forward. Today’s FDA letterContinue reading “Is FDA going to ban menthol as a “characterizing flavor” or an ingredient? It matters”

How to assess Biden’s actions on menthol

The FDA as to respond to the lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and Action on Smoking and Health demanding a ban on menthol in cigarettes by April 29, 2021, the day after tomorrow. What the FDA is allowed to do will give a strong indication about how serious the BidenContinue reading “How to assess Biden’s actions on menthol”

Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA

As the April 29 deadline for the Biden Administration to respond to a lawsuit brought by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and Action on Smoking and Health approaches, the results of a large national survey from Canada show that banning the sale of menthol cigarettes was followed by a huge increase in smokingContinue reading “Banning menthol leads to big drop in smoking in Canada: Implications for USA”

California ban on flavored tobacco products will save lives & money, create jobs

Last year the California legislature passed SB793, which ended the sale of almost all flavored tobacco products. Led by RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris, the multinational tobacco companies spent over $20 million collecting signatures to force a referendum on the law. Forcing a referendum is an established tobacco industry strategy to shift the field ofContinue reading “California ban on flavored tobacco products will save lives & money, create jobs”

Biden facing moment of truth on menthol

Under pressure from the tobacco companies Congress exempted menthol from the ban on “characterizing flavors” in cigarettes and other regulated tobacco products when it passed the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. During the negotiations a group of former Secretaries of Health and others criticizedContinue reading “Biden facing moment of truth on menthol”

Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue

Nicotine and Tobacco Research recently published four papers on menthol (menthol preference associated with greater nicotine dependence and greater urge reduction after smoking, biological effects of menthol on addiction. menthol use has not dropped among Black and Hispanic students, 85% of pregnant women smoke menthol and quit less) adding to the already-compelling case that mentholContinue reading “Evidence supporting banning menthol keeps piling up, making it even more of a social issue”