The Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth is urging Lorillard (Newport), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Kool and Salem) and Philip Morris (Marlboro Menthols) to immediately stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes. The Commission also called upon the Obama Administration to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act on its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s three year old recommendation that the FDA ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes based on the distinguished Committee’s finding that removal of menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit the public health.
Additionally, the Commission released a new report, Time to Ban Menthol, which summarizes the evidence for the role of menthol in increasing the risk of smoking initiation and addiction involving nicotine and decreasing smokers’ chances of successfully quitting. It demonstrates how menthol is disproportionately marketed to and favored by young people, blacks and women. The addition of menthol to tobacco products serves one purpose only: to promote and perpetuate use of these dangerous substances by making them more palatable and easing users down the path to addiction. This paper calls on the Food and Drug Administration to use this evidence to exercise the authority granted by Congress and completely ban menthol additives from all cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Watch the Live Stream of the Time to Ban Menthol Press Conference by clicking here.
Click here for Mr. Califano and Dr. Sullivan’s statement (Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Commission).
Click here for the press release.
Click for the letters to the chief executives of Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Companyand Philip Morris.
Click here for the report.