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FDA considers ban on menthol cigarette sales
  • STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: "Ethnicity does not play a role" in marketing strategies,
    tobacco official says Tobacco industry calls menthol cigarettes "no more harmful
    than non-menthol cigarettes"Critics claim the menthol flavor makes them more
    addictiveFDA panel is hearing arguments from public health and tobacco industry
    officials (CNN) -- Menthol cigarettes are no more harmful than regular
    cigarettes, tobacco industry representatives argued Thursday as a federal
    advisory panel opened a two-day meeting to consider whether to ban the sale of
    those cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes, which account for one-quarter of the
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    , have been under scrutiny by public health officials and
    public health watchdog groups. Critics claim the flavor makes them more
    addictive and denounce the marketing campaigns that they say target menthol
    cigarettes specifically at minority smokers Discount Cigarettes Online. According to
    a study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, menthol cigarettes are
    favored by three-quarters of African-American smokers Menthol Cigarettes Brands. But Leonard
    Jones, director of marketing at Lorillard Tobacco Company, said that "ethnicity
    does not play a role" in marketing strategies for the Newport menthol cigarette.
    Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company plan to present
    scientific evidence that they say shows menthol cigarettes are no more harmful
    than non-menthol cigarettes. The meeting, moderated by the Food and Drug
    Administration's Center for Tobacco Products, is being held in Rockville,
    Maryland. The 12-member federal advisory panel, which is in charge of overseeing
    the implementation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control
    Act, is scheduled to makes recommendations on menthol cigarettes by March 23,
    2011. The committee includes three non-voting members representing the tobacco
    industry. The panel could decide to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes or order
    that the levels of flavoring in them be reduced Best Menthol Cigarettes. There is no evidence
    showing higher numbers of deaths among menthol cigarette smokers than among
    non-menthol cigarette smokers, said Jane Lewis of Altria Client Services, which
    represents Phillip Morris USA. And "at the end, that's what matters," she added.
    The meeting is being streamed live on the FDA's website. According to the agenda
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    discuss the characterization of menthol cigarettes, clinical effects of menthol,
    biomarkers of disease risk, marketing data, and population effects.
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