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FDA: Menthol cigarettes could soon be banned

A recent announcement made by the FDA shared their plans to ban menthol cigarettes and cigars to help lower teens and young adults usage.

menthol cigarettes the FDA is trying to ban

The FDA recently shared they plan to ban the sale of these types of cigars and cigarettes.

The public can weigh in on the decision until May 4, 2022.

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The change is to help lower the use among teens and young adults.

2020 data showed that 1.73 million less middle and high school students were using tobacco compared to 2019.

The rates have since increased again.

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Why is the FDA choosing menthol cigarettes and cigars?

The chances of increased nicotine addiction with menthol flavors led the FDA to target that group.

The use of menthol helps reduce irritation and harshness involved with smoking according to the FDA.

This makes it more appealing to young people and teens.

It also makes quitting harder.

Flavored cigars are being targeted as well, which includes grape, strawberry, and other sweet flavors.

13.4% of high school students currently use tobacco products according to the FDA.

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