FDA makes move toward restricting sale of menthol cigarettes

In a preliminary evaluation released on Tuesday, the FDA reported that mentholated cigarettes are more harmful to public health than regular cigarettes. The agency announced that it is seeking public comment on possible regulatory actions instead of making a recommendation on whether the sale of these products should be restricted or banned. There is little evidence that linked mint-flavored cigarettes to increased disease risk, but "adequate data suggest that menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by youth and young adults," the agency said.

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