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Ban On Menthol Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars : US

Ban On Menthol Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars : US

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

  • India has not banned the sale of menthol cigarettes.
  • In 2012, Brazil became the first country in the world to ban menthol cigarettes.
  • In 2019, the Centre banned electronic cigarettes and in addition, different states have their own rules in place banning hookah consumption, including flavored hookahs, in public places.
  • It aims to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars.
  • The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit.
  • The proposed rules represent an important step to advance health equity by significantly reducing tobacco-related health disparities.
  • The proposed ban does not cover electronic cigarettes.
  • The rules will not be enforced against individual consumers for possession or use of menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars.
  • The rules will only “address manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and retailers who manufacture, distribute, or sell such products.

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