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Menthols Might Be Worse Than Regular Cigarettes

Because they make people more likely to smoke: FDA panel

(Newser) - The days of menthol cigarettes might be doomed: A new FDA review suggests that menthols are more dangerous than regular cigarettes, reports Reuters . It's not because they're any more toxic—it's because the mint flavor, along with menthol's ability to mask the harshness of a cigarette,...

Europe to Ban Menthols in Cigarette Crackdown

European Parliament also intends to mandate electronic cigarette regulation

(Newser) - Europe is trying to kick its smoking habit. A key European Parliament committee yesterday passed sweeping anti-tobacco legislation that would ban all flavored cigarettes—including menthols—and all slim cigarettes, and subject electronic cigarettes to medical regulation, among other restrictions. The moves coincide with similar efforts from the FDA in...

Menthol Cigarettes Double Stroke Risk

Threat worse for women, non-blacks: study

(Newser) - While researchers stress that there's "no 'good' cigarette type," they warn that menthols may be even worse than the rest. Menthol smokers face more than double the risk of stroke faced by non-menthol smokers; among women and non-blacks, it's more than triple the risk, a...

No More Newports? Cigarette Maker Fights Possible Ban

FDA committee meets next week to consider evidence

(Newser) - The day of reckoning is near for Newport smokes. An FDA advisory panel meets next week to consider a ban on menthol cigarettes, and Newport maker Lorillard is waging an all-out media blitz to fend one off, reports the Wall Street Journal . In the digital age, of course, that means...

Menthol Debate Splits Black Caucus

Tobacco row erupts over exemption from cigarette flavoring ban

(Newser) - The exemption of menthol from a bill banning flavored cigarettes is causing a rift in the Black Congressional Caucus, the New York Times reports. Some members of the caucus, which has strong financial ties to tobacco companies, argue that menthol cigarettes cause disproportionate harm to blacks and are pushing for...

Menthol Used to 'Hook' Young Smokers: Study

Menthol cigarettes go down easier with youngsters

(Newser) - Tobacco companies use menthol to make the taste of cigarettes more acceptable to young first-time smokers until they become addicted, a new study charges. Researchers found that 44% of child smokers used menthol cigarettes, reports Reuters. "Menthol stimulates the cooling receptors in the lungs," said an expert from...

Menthol Gets Free Pass in Cigarette Bill

Other flavored smokes face ban, but industry protects cash cow

(Newser) - Congress is preparing to vote on legislation that would ban almost all flavored cigarettes—except menthol, the most prevalent flavoring of all. The bill would eliminate kinds like cloves and cinnamon that appeal to kids, but make an exception for menthol—which lures new smokers by masking the harshness of...

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