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FDA bans flavored cigarettes

September 22, 2009 |  9:31 am

The Food and Drug Administration said this morning that it is, effective immediately, banning cigarettes with fruit, candy or clove flavors because they lure adolescents into smoking. "Almost 90% 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 Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. Studies have shown that 17-year-old smokers are three times as likely to use flavored cigarettes as those over the age of 25.

In June, President Obama signed into law a bill that would allow the FDA to regulate tobacco, although it cannot ban tobacco or smoking outright. The agency is now considering measures to regulate menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.

The FDA sent a letter to tobacco companies last week outlining its plans. The letter said that any company that continues to make, ship or sell flavored cigarettes will be subject to FDA enforcement action.

The agency urged parents and others to report continued sales of flavored cigarettes through a special tobacco hotline by phone ([877] CTP-1373) or on the Internet (www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco).

-- Thomas H. Maugh II

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I was a Obama supporter and given the events following the election...I am proud to say so. However, I must say that I am growing more and more uncomfortable with the idea that government regulation is the "answer."

People need to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle to reap the benefits. The answer isn't taxation or banning of products. Its informing and educating the public and then letting nature take its course. If the continue on those paths let them pay for their actions....physically and monetarily.

Chris in Florida

The major cigarette manufacturers routinely use fruit and candy flavoring in their cigarettes. See "List of Additives in Cigarettes" in Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_additives_in_cigarettes

(apples, apricots, bergamot, chocolate, etc...)

I suppose I should be reporting them to the FDA.

I couldn't agree more with you, Chris. However, we have a government that's trying to sell nationalized health care, of one sort or another, to the country. If the government is going to be responsible for our health care you had better believe they will dictate what's healthy and what isn't to you.

This is why I oppose government regulation in 'health' related matter and this is why I oppose government-ran health care. It's about telling you what's right and what's wrong.

I'm a big boy, I can make my own decisions.

Answering my own question, here is an article from Convenience Store News.

Apparently the ban regards "characterizing flavors". The major manufacturers feel that the amount of flavorings they add do not constitute such.

http://www.csnews.com/csn/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004014599

Menthol is the flavor kids try most of the flavored cigarettes. Leaving it out of the banned flavors implies the government really want the kids to keeps going for the smoking habit.

Chris I totally agree. A ban on these cigarettes is not going to stop kids starting to smoke in their teens. All the people who want to smoke are still going to smoke, they will just turn to other types of cigarettes. Only through education and parenting can we get people to stop smoking.

I don't smoke, hate smoking, but this is stupid. Some people love and smoke only cloves. Candy I cab understand, but the rest? If I loved cloves I would flip. Let people enjoy what they want. If a kid wants to smoke, they will smoke.

Maybe ban menthols? Or maybe that would upset some people who voted for him :)

Chris and Matt - people can't make their own decisions otherwise we wouldn't have the current situations with tobacco and obesity.

I don't think the taxpayers should be stuck paying the medical bills of those who continue to do what they want knowing their choices will lead to poor health down the line.

I believe people have have forgotten the ideals this country was founded on. The Government has no right to take away the rights and freedoms of US citizens that want to smoke.

The 9th amendment states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

I am not a smoker, but I am outraged at this new law. If an adult want to smoke a cigarette, they should be allowed to, and I don't see how it is a problem. It is their own body. The federal government has no right in regulating what goes into a consenting adult's body.

What type of bullshit is this. There is an age limit on buying smokes don't take out the flavors for people kids shouldn't be smoking anyways. Some people like the taste of a flavored cigarette

if the government wants to band flavored smokes because they are "attractive" to kids, why aren't they banning zima and mike's hard lemonade and smirnoff ice?

seems to me the parents should be teaching their children not to smoke and drink. why is it the tobacco or booze industry's responsibility to instill what is right and wrong in people?

Mike - Some people might like the flavored cigarettes, but some PARENTS might now want their kids to start smoking and DIE of cancer before they do.

I don't know how Obama was brought into this, and healthcare, but let's just say anything Bush did, didn't work.

Although I am anti- smoking, I am pro-freedom. Dangerous or not, smoking is legal. Our founding fathers smoked tobacco and hemp, yet the one that didn't bring in sick revenue for our country was the one that was deemed illegal. Regulate those who sell tobacco in a more stringent fashion if you want to do something to help kids stay smoke free. It appears that Comrade Obama's Socialist agenda is working faster than even he could anticipate. Better buy your smokes, guns, candy, and Amreican jeans now before you're standing in line waiting for your rations.

Here's a new bill for you. It's guaranteed to stop teen smoking, drinking, and pregnancies. It's called parenting.

We need to stop relying on other sources like school and gov't to parent our children. School is where kids should be educated about newton's laws. The gov't should provide us with vital resources such as the police and fire dept. And parents should parent.

I tend to agree that I don't like Big Government and the FDA making my choices for me. However, this is the industry that brought us "Joe Camel", marketing to kids. That's where the growth is.

"In October 2006, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company agreed to stop marketing cigarettes with candy, fruit and alcohol flavors under an agreement with attorneys general in 40 states. The company no longer makes blends such as 'Twista Lime' or 'Kauai Kolada,' a pineapple and coconut-flavored cigarette, spokesman David Howard confirmed."

http://health.yahoo.com/news/healthday/flavoredcigarettebantakeseffect.html

"I was a Obama supporter and given the events following the election...I am proud to say so. However, I must say that I am growing more and more uncomfortable with the idea that government regulation is the "answer."

People need to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle to reap the benefits. The answer isn't taxation or banning of products. Its informing and educating the public and then letting nature take its course. If the continue on those paths let them pay for their actions....physically and monetarily."

I totally agree with Chris

I actually do smoke clove cigarettes occasionally. At parties or a night out. Less than one pack per month. I am extremely concerned about losing MY right to choose as a responsible, tax-paying adult. It seems rather one-sided to be banning "flavored" cigarettes and not menthol cigarettes. How is menthol not a flavor? Seems like some successful lobbying was done on the part of big tobacco manufacturers...

Next no flavored vodkas or beers? wtf I hate cigarettes but this is not good, The law is 18 (that is enough) if you can't enforce it then you need new enforcement tactics not new laws

This is the most insane argument slash ban I have ever heard of.

Teenagers don't buy the candy flavored cigarettes because they "taste" better. They buy them because the scent is stronger and covers the smell of pot. So, all this is doing is treading on the rights of grown adults who choose to smoke flavored tobacco. And more teens will smell like weed instead of peaches.

Way to go Obama. Thanks for restricting even *more* of my rights.

Strange, people will go for this but they were all against the Patriot Act.

Its about freakin time!

"Menthol is the flavor kids try most of the flavored cigarettes. Leaving it out of the banned flavors implies the government really want the kids to keeps going for the smoking habit."

Of course the government wants kids to start smoking. If kids don't smoke, the government will run out of unpopular people to tax.

I am a pipe smoker. Since there is often flavors added to pipe tobacco, will that be next? I understand the everyone's health concerns with regards to smoking but I don't think by banning flavored cigarettes will solve the issue. It seems that it is easier for everyone to "jump on the band wagon" against smoking but I would ask this question, "how many people are affected by alcohol?". Alcohol can damage parts of the body such as the liver, bladder and brain. What about those who drive under the influence of alcohol? I'm not suggesting we ban alcohol; we already tried that and it didn't work. My slogan is "everything in moderation". Yes, I'm a moderate drinker and smoker and I do exercise.

I am a smoker, who pays $7.00 a pack with the majority of the $7.00 going to cover "smokers taxes", which by the way is currently subsidizing the health care budget in California. I haven't complained because yes you're right...it's my choice to smoke. If it's my choice to smoke then why can't I smoke flavored cigarettes. I don't smoke flavored cigarettes but who are you to take away my rights. I follow all the other rules and regulations that have been set forth in this wonderful nation of the so-called free, never been arrested, pay my taxes, hell I even do jury-duty without complaining. I have accepted the fact that smokers are not even considered "citizens". If I am not going to have the same rights as an alcoholic who gets to choose their favorite flavor of vodka then can I please get a signed waiver from Arnold and Obama telling me that I will be getting a refund on federal and state taxes that I have paid out? And this time I don't want an IOU!!!!

Now if they would just ban cheap watery beer (eg. Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.) there would be fewer alchoholics!

Since it has been admitted by Mr. Obama that once in a while he has a smoke or two it makes me wonder if he smokes Menthols and maybe that's why Menthol cigarettes aren't part of the ban.

People in America dont know what Socialism actually looks like, this is it.

The STATE becomes the PARENT and they tell you what you can and cannot do. People then become CHILDREN and begin to express themselves in activities that are considered CORRUPT.

Actual PARENTS begin to lose their authority to parent their children and they become swamped with regulations.

In China, Austrailia the UK and other socialized countries the types of shockingly intrusive state mandates are coming here and the "religious exemption" which a lot of people who haven't been to church in 20 years use isnt going to be enough when they tell you that you have to take a shot and it gives you an adverse reaction and then you get sick but cant sue because the WHO[world health organization] has declared a Level 6 pandemic which excludes vaccine makers from lawsuits.

I dont smoke, it makes me sick to smell the smoke but SERIOUSLY smoking for teens is illegal, so any teen should not even have it, its collective punishment and a violation of international law and our constitution and needs to be challenged. Even though the UN which was funded into existence by the same people who own stock in vaccine manufacture and media arm Reuters wont mention it.

 


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