Skip to comments.Senator urges FDA to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes
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.
Thanks, Connecticut voters!
Nanny State PING!
Beat me to it. This will surely be popular with Obama’s #1 demographic.
LOL... fat chance.
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?
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.
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.
Testing of IQs and mental stability should be required to run for office.
Our beloved America is going off the cliff and this dirtbag is worried about menthols. I just want to scream.
Control freaks who desperately need a serious beat down.
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???
“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
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
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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
when I should reset my clock
what my kids should learn in school
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
where I can be buried
how my body must be embalmed
etc, etc, etc, etc...
I could go on and on...
Yet, you say I am a free man?
Holder’s people ain’t going to be happy.
That is it?? Blooming Idiots contribution??
What kind of plants I can smoke.
Ban cigarettes, legalize pot. Makes sense.
Do you want the government to control which leaves people can smoke?
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.
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