The Era of Flavored Cigarettes Ends With FDA Ban

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on flavored cigarettes in it’s effort to reduce smoking in America.

The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, includes cigarettes with fruit, candy, or clove flavors. These flavors make cigarettes more appealing to youth.

Seventeen year old smokers are three times as likely to use flavored cigarettes as smokers over the age of 25. This ban is aimed at this younger crowd. If we can prevent children from taking up the habit when young, most won’t take it up later in life.

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Almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers. These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

It has been estimated that more than 3,600 young people start smoking on a daily basis. It is hoped that the FDA ban on flavored cigarettes will break the lifetime addiction of smoking for many or all of them.

Smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in America. The FDA is also considering regulating both menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.

The FDA encourages consumers to report continuing sales of flavored cigarettes through a special tobacco hotline (1-877-CTP-1373) and Web site (www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco).

Parents and consumers can learn more about the risks of flavored tobacco products at FDA.

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