Blumenthal Pushes To Remove Menthol Cigarettes

HARTFORD,Conn. — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal encouraged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect public health by removing menthol cigarettes from the marketplace.

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee found evidence that tobacco companies often include menthol flavors in their products both to entice certain demographics such as young children and teens to use tobacco, and to make it harder for them to quit.

“Such findings about the dangers of menthol tobacco products in general, and to our youth in particular, are highly concerning, and provide abundant grounds for FDA to develop a plan that will result in the removal of menthol from tobacco products to protect public health,” Blumenthal states in a letter to the FDA.

As state attorney general, Blumenthal helped lead the legal fight against big tobacco, which led to a historic settlement in 1998 that included restrictions on direct tobacco advertising to children. The settlement, according to Blumenthal, resulted in a dramatic drop in youth smoking rates in Connecticut and around the country.

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