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    Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts - USATODAY.com

    I've still not heard a rational reason for banning flavored cigarettes while excluding menthols.

    The Food and Drug Administration may have banned candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes Tuesday, but some public health experts still see a big hole in their efforts to keep teens from starting to smoke.

    That's because menthol, the top-selling flavor of cigarette and one increasingly popular with teen smokers, remains on the market.

    The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Obama signed in June, authorized the FDA to ban all flavors of cigarettes except menthol.
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    Although teen smoking overall has declined, the proportion who smoke menthol cigarettes is rising 17.5% from 2000 to 2002, according to the American Legacy Foundation, created as a result of the 1998 settlement between state attorneys general and the tobacco industry. About 44% of smokers ages 12 to 17 use menthol cigarettes, the foundation says.

    "It makes no sense" to keep menthol cigarettes on the market, says Legacy CEO Cheryl Healton.

    A 2002 study found 60% of middle school smokers smoked menthol, says scientist James Hersey with RTI International, an independent research institute in Washington, D.C. "I think menthol is easier to smoke, so kids will often start with menthol."

    And Hersey's research suggests young menthol smokers are more likely to be addicted to nicotine than their peers who smoke non-menthol cigarettes. But studies of whether menthol smokers find it more difficult to quit than non-menthol smokers have had mixed results.

    In a study of more than 4,000 middle and high school students, University of Georgia researchers Jerome Legge and Jessica Muilenburg found menthol smokers smoked more cigarettes than non-menthol smokers.
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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    There's a rational reasoning for banning flavored cigarettes to begin with?
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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    There's a rational reasoning for banning flavored cigarettes to begin with?
    Umm..kids...and......uh....you know.....cigarettes...and...um..bad...

    yep. That about covers it

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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    There's a rational reasoning for banning flavored cigarettes to begin with?
    It will reduce overall smoking.
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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    Umm..kids...and......uh....you know.....cigarettes...and...um..bad...

    yep. That about covers it
    So, are you saying that just because cigarettes have a cute little flavor our kids are too stupid to know that they are still cigarettes? I have just a little more confidence in the next generation than that. But, all my kids are bi-lingual, so maybe I'm able see things from a different perspective.

    IMO, if you want to discourage smoking, you should ban everything but flavored cigarettes, especially menthols.
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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    I can't believe the way they pussyfoot around with this crap. If they want to ban smoking just freaking do it already. I don't understand these incremental baby steps.

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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    They would have to find a new issue then. This way they can milk it for years and years.

    "Hey, I'm Joe Politician, vote for me or have your kids die from a smoking-assisted early death!"

    Alternatively, "The other guy wants to kill your kids because he doesn't want to ban watermelon flavored cigs!"

    Case in point, this ban doesn't cover flavored tobacco 'in general.' If you really need your watermelon tobacco fix you can just roll yourself a blunt.

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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    I can't believe the way they pussyfoot around with this crap. If they want to ban smoking just freaking do it already. I don't understand these incremental baby steps.
    This is much easier to pass because real hardcore smokers don't smoke **** like cloves. It's a great incremental step, if that's what they're going for.
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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    Yep. It's an incremental step... They're getting their foot in the door, banning the products that will produce the least-visible backlash.

    They must have learned something from the whole prohibition fiasco..

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    Re: Exclusion of menthol cigarettes in ban worries health experts

    God I am so sick of people telling me what I can and can't have. It's my GD friggen body not theirs. LEAVE ME ALONE!
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