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Public Health Leaders Urge FDA To Act On Menthol Cigarettes

"Menthol in cigarettes causes more people to start smoking and makes it harder for them to quit – especially children and African Americans," said Doug Blanke, Executive Director of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. "There can be no justification for failing to take menthol cigarettes off the market." 

One model estimates that if menthol was prohibited as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes, between 2010 and 2020 over 2.2 million would not start smoking.  By 2050, the number of people who would not smoke would be 9 million.

"The FDA has a chance to save the lives of millions of Americans," said Jeannette Noltenius of the National Latino Alliance for Health Equity.  "Every day we delay action on this issue, more Americans are suffering and dying.  The time to act is now."

The following organizations were parties to the petition:  African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Association for Cancer Research; American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network; American Heart Association; American Legacy Foundation; American Lung Association; American Public Health Association; Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights; Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL); Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence; Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; Corporate Accountability International; NAATPN, Inc.; National Association of City and County Health Officials; National Latino Alliance for Health Equity; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco;Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. and Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

A copy of the 38-page petition is available at http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org.

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is the legal network supporting the nation's efforts to address the leading avoidable cause of disease—tobacco use. Based at the William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Consortium provides legal and policy assistance to community leaders working to enact, implement, and defend laws that reduce the toll of tobacco.  Background on the Consortium is available at http://publichealthlawcenter.org/programs/tobacco-control-legal-consortium.

SOURCE The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

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