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Senator urges FDA to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes
The Hill ^ | April 19, 2011 | Josiah Ryan

Posted on 04/20/2011 6:19:54 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes.

In a letter addressed Monday to the FDA, Blumenthal said the agency should ban menthol cigarettes because they encourage young people to smoke.

“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 wrote in the letter, addressed to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

Blumenthal is seeking a ban identical to the one imposed in 2009 on cigarettes flavored to taste like chocolate, vanilla, clove and strawberry.

Blumenthal cited a study completed by the federally established Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) earlier this year that found that menthol flavoring, like other flavoring, makes tobacco usage more attractive to young people.

“It is well-documented that the restriction of access to tobacco products directly impacts youth smoking rates and that FDA should take strong action to prevent tobacco companies from using menthol cigarettes to increase the number of youth who smoke," said Blumenthal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ban; blumenthal; fda; mentholcigarettes; nannystate; richarblumenthal; richardblumenthal; tpsac
Obnoxious Democrat d*ck.
1 posted on 04/20/2011 6:19:59 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Thanks, Connecticut voters!

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 04/20/2011 6:21:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Racist.


3 posted on 04/20/2011 6:23:02 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Beat me to it. This will surely be popular with Obama’s #1 demographic.


4 posted on 04/20/2011 6:26:13 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay

LOL... fat chance.


5 posted on 04/20/2011 6:27:24 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Cboldt

The vast majority of black smokers I know like their menthols. Even I liked them when I had a sore throat and wanted a smoke.

Talk about unintended consequences! Has this guy ever MET a black smoker?


6 posted on 04/20/2011 6:28:21 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: TigersEye
Shaking my head. I see no reason they need to make laws like this. And their pay ought to be cut in half & frozen.
Can't they find something to do that might help the mess we're in? Maybe not, they screw everything up as it is. Who thinks these things up?
7 posted on 04/20/2011 6:35:10 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sen. Richard Blumenthal obviously hates black people, who are statistically the largest market for menthol cigarettes. No kidding. I don’t know why, but it’s true.


8 posted on 04/20/2011 6:37:31 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Don W

It’s my understanding that Menthol ciggies get their flavor applied to the paper - not the tobacco. Should some kind of ban be enacted, it would be trivial to get around. Look for some nice little cottage industries to emerge.


9 posted on 04/20/2011 6:37:44 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Testing of IQs and mental stability should be required to run for office.


10 posted on 04/20/2011 6:38:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Our beloved America is going off the cliff and this dirtbag is worried about menthols. I just want to scream.


11 posted on 04/20/2011 6:39:51 PM PDT by rep-always
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To: pandoraou812
Who thinks these things up?

Control freaks who desperately need a serious beat down.

12 posted on 04/20/2011 6:40:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m confused. Nancy planned to fund CHIP from cigarette taxes although the Dems said they hoped the increased tax would reduce smoking. Now they want to eliminate menthol to further decrease consumption. So with less money going to fund CHIP I’m sure the Dems will soon announce that the scope and cost of the program will be reduced. Right???


13 posted on 04/20/2011 6:40:48 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Them”
“They” tell me
what I can drive
where I can drive it
what kind of insurance I need
how many miles per gallon I should get
how many air bags I should have
when I should use my seat belts
what kind of seat my kids should sit in
when my lights should be on
how my gasoline is formulated
how my brakes are configured
how mush co2 is in my exhaust
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how many gallons of water my toilet uses
how many gallons of water my washing machine uses
how efficient my air conditioner is
what kind of coolant my air conditioner uses
what days I can wash my car
how many smoke detectors I should have
how far apart should the studs in my walls be placed
the composition of my dishwasher detergent
whether I should use paper or plastic
-
what kind of weapons I can buy
how many rounds my magazines should hold
-
what kind of pesticide I can use
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when I should reset my clock
-
what my kids should learn in school
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what I can put in my carry on bag
what I can put in my checked bag
-
what kind of plants I can grow
where I can smoke
-
who I can hire
how much I should pay them
how many days off they should get
what benefits I have to offer them
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where I can be buried
how my body must be embalmed
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etc, etc, etc, etc...
I could go on and on...
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Yet, you say I am a free man?
NOT!


14 posted on 04/20/2011 6:41:46 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Tagline closed for repairs. Please use the next available tagline. We appreciate your patience.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Holder’s people ain’t going to be happy.


15 posted on 04/20/2011 6:42:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That is it?? Blooming Idiots contribution??


16 posted on 04/20/2011 6:44:34 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
what kind of plants I can grow
where I can smoke

What kind of plants I can smoke.

17 posted on 04/20/2011 6:48:00 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ban cigarettes, legalize pot. Makes sense.


18 posted on 04/20/2011 6:48:00 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: NotSoFreeStater
Ban cigarettes, legalize pot. Makes sense.

Do you want the government to control which leaves people can smoke?

19 posted on 04/20/2011 6:51:22 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The only time this prick would have had daily contact with African American men who are menthol smokers would have been during his stint in Vietnam...

oops, oh right.

Racist country clubber prick.


20 posted on 04/20/2011 6:53:24 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Most of the young kids that I see that smoke are smokin Marlboro reds,


21 posted on 04/20/2011 6:57:34 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Figures don't lie, liars figure!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Blumenthal said the agency should ban menthol cigarettes because they encourage young people to smoke.

Better idea: ban them all.

22 posted on 04/20/2011 6:58:00 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Doe Eyes

I agree...
but I was at the time I was thinking more about whether/how much peanuts or cotton I can grow
...what shows I can watch
...what books I can read
...which websites I can go to
...what I can say
...where I can say it
...who I can say it to
...what foods I can buy
...what medicines I can buy
...what dose should they be in
...how big my TV set is
...what kind of light bulbs I can buy
...how much insulation I should have in my attic
...how fast I can drive
...how my milk should be processed
...what days I can buy a beer
...


23 posted on 04/20/2011 6:58:55 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Tagline closed for repairs. Please use the next available tagline. We appreciate your patience.)
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To: NotSoFreeStater

IOW...The gubmint took away your freedom, so let’s take somebody else’s just to get even?

I understand Schadenfreude and I’m guilty of it sometimes. Think freedom for all.


24 posted on 04/20/2011 7:00:56 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Beware of the Socialist Government-Academia Grant Junkie-Rich "non-profit"-Liberal Media Complex)
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25 posted on 04/20/2011 7:02:42 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Doe Eyes

Sorry, forgot to put my sarcasm tag on. I’ve noticed some of the biggest advocates against smoking cigarettes have no problem with legalizing pot.


26 posted on 04/20/2011 7:05:31 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Yep, and those people who tell us every little thing we can and can't do are failing in spectacular fashion in national security, economy and social/cultural progress in our country.

The most incompetent and corrupt has beens and never wases control nearly everything.

27 posted on 04/20/2011 7:09:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Our national minorities need extra help from the nanny state.


28 posted on 04/20/2011 7:13:40 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: newzjunkey
"Better idea: ban them all."

Best idea: Ban people that want to ban cigarettes.
If we don't bother you, get outta our life - everyone.

29 posted on 04/20/2011 7:14:08 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If they manage to ban Menthol cigarettes, the tobacco company will simply re brand them as “cigars” and continue to sell them.

How do I know this?

Because that's what they did with clove cigarettes.

30 posted on 04/20/2011 7:20:29 PM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: NotSoFreeStater
Legalize pot, legalize tobacco...

...ban lighters and matches! /s lol

31 posted on 04/20/2011 7:25:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Did Dick smoke menthols in Vietnam?


32 posted on 04/20/2011 7:30:44 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What about freedom of choice?


33 posted on 04/20/2011 7:35:00 PM PDT by HotKat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 04/20/2011 7:41:52 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ccmay; Cboldt

LOL! First thing I thought of too.


35 posted on 04/20/2011 7:49:09 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes.

Not Kool Dick!

36 posted on 04/20/2011 7:52:56 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Don W

Yo yo yo you comin’ foh mah Kools an’ mah Newpote?


37 posted on 04/20/2011 7:56:36 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

B...b...but menthol is most popular with blacks. Is he racissst?


38 posted on 04/20/2011 8:05:47 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There goes the black vote.


39 posted on 04/20/2011 8:11:33 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Must be because BluMENTHAL doesn't like his name. Holder will be all over anyone messin’ with his people.
40 posted on 04/20/2011 8:16:33 PM PDT by JPG ("Mr. President, GAME ON." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dat be racist.


41 posted on 04/20/2011 8:46:23 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Repeal The 17th

So true, yet many will die “free men” I fear. There is no other choice being left to “liberty lovers”. Soon there will be no room left to retreat.


42 posted on 04/20/2011 8:52:46 PM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: Don W; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Congressional Black Congress is 110% behind and pushing for the ban on menthol cigarettes....of which their targeted smoking constituents smoke a greater proportion of menthols compared to other populations demographics in the united states.

It’s an intergalactic nanny state!


43 posted on 04/20/2011 8:53:03 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: AGreatPer

Life was INFINITELY better when people could smoke in a grocery store, and drop the butt on the floor to be stepped on. The life expectancy went through the roof, and people were not fat. Now, we worry every day how to squeeze one more day out of life, instead of putting more life into our day.


44 posted on 04/20/2011 8:55:32 PM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: Don W
Talk about unintended consequences! Has this guy ever MET a black smoker?

Obama smokes Marlboro Reds

45 posted on 04/20/2011 9:17:56 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: Freedom4US
It’s my understanding that Menthol ciggies get their flavor applied to the paper - not the tobacco.

Actually it is in the filter. Kools were the first menthol and the first filter cigarette.

46 posted on 04/20/2011 9:21:23 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot; Freedom4US
Freedom4US: It’s my understanding that Menthol ciggies get their flavor applied to the paper - not the tobacco.

Mind-numbed Robot: Actually it is in the filter. Kools were the first menthol and the first filter cigarette.

I have never seen menthol flavored applied to the paper - however that does not mean it does not exist. However, when we switched from tobacco company cigarettes to RYO we found both menthol filter tubes and menthol tobacco.

I'm sure with a bit of experimentation menthol tobacco can be created with the addition of a simple kitchen ingredient or 2 --- such as extracts or essential oils.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

47 posted on 04/21/2011 3:55:33 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The dangers of menthol tobacco products in general, and to our youth in particular, are highly concerning

And the Mexican border is perfectly safe.

48 posted on 04/21/2011 4:51:25 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Here we go again.


49 posted on 04/21/2011 11:42:38 AM PDT by Mears (BFL)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit the public health.”

So what? the removal of alcoholic beverages from the marketplace would also benefit the public health. Are they in a rush to ban alcohol? No. That’s because most people drink, while only about 25% of people smoke. This is tyranny of the majority, an ugly trait. Leave the smokers alone until you’re equally prepared to ban EVERYTHING that is a danger to public health. http://www.cigarettespub.net/


50 posted on 04/25/2012 12:38:27 AM PDT by Stelu
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