A public comment period has been extended until Aug. 2 for anyone including public health experts, parents, smokers, and former smokers to tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration what they think about a proposed rule to prohibit menthol cigarettes.
The agency says the proposal has the potential to significantly decrease disease and death from tobacco by "reducing youth experimentation and addiction."
In a U.S. House subcommittee meeting Wednesday, Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, agreed that “any flavor of e-cigarette left on the market is likely to encourage youth to start vaping” and that “if FDA banned all flavored e-cigarettes, less kids would continue to vape.”
The FDA is in the process of determining which, if any, e-cigarette manufacturers will be permitted to stay on the market.
Menthol has been the last allowable flavor in cigarettes, and the FDA says marginalized communities are far more likely to use these products.
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is asking the state to increase Georgia’s tobacco tax in order to avoid deep budget cuts.
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