The Threat of Menthol Cigarettes to U.S. Public Health

This publication co-authored by USC Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet examines the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate certain tobacco products with the goal of protecting public health. The law provides the FDA with regulatory tools for reducing harm to health from products that cause nicotine addiction and disease. It specifically banned flavored cigarettes, except those containing menthol, which account for about 30% of the current U.S. cigarette market.

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Authors:  Samet JM, Neal L. Benowitz,
Published By: New England Journal of Medicine
Date: June 9, 2011
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