FDA Queries the Public on Menthol

Thomas A. Briant, NATO Executive Director

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The current FDA tobacco regulations on all cigarettes are more than satisfactory and negate the need to consider additional regulations just on menthol cigarettes. With retailers continuing to do their job to prevent youth access to cigarettes, proposing more restrictive sales and advertising constraints on menthol cigarettes is unnecessary.
The deadline to submit comments to the FDA on menthol cigarettes was Nov. 22. After the FDA reviews the comments, the agency will make a determination on whether to issue proposed regulations on the use of menthol in cigarettes. Public comment is allowed again after a government agency issues a proposed set of regulations. There is no specific time by which the FDA needs to finalize regulations on menthol cigarettes and, in fact, the FDA is not required by law to adopt any regulations involving menthol.


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