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FDA considers banning menthol cigarettes

USA Today (3/14, Rubin) reports that "the Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes, fueling a debate about how such a move would impact African Americans." The FDA's "Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has been reviewing the health effects of menthol cigarettes for the past year and is due to submit its final report and recommendations" to the agency soon. Drafts of "a few chapters posted online recently provide a preview of the panel's report: While there is insufficient evidence to conclude that menthol smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with tobacco-caused diseases than non-menthol smokers, 'the evidence is sufficient to conclude that it is biological(ly) plausible that menthol makes cigarette smoking more addictive.'"