Panel advocates for the removal of menthol cigarettes from the market.
Menthol cigarettes are more harmful to human health than conventional ones and with them it is easier to start smoking and harder to quit, says a preliminary study by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA’s preliminary assessment indicates that menthol cigarettes “are probably associated with an increase in the initiation of smoking and nicotine addiction, as well as a decrease in smoking cessation success.”
The FDA argues that in the U.S. about 30 percent of adult smokers and more than 40 percent of young people consume menthol-flavored cigarettes.
Moreover, these cigarettes are extremely popular among the African American population.
It is expected that the FDA study provides the basis for more stringent regulations in the future on menthol cigarettes.
The agency said that it “intends to explore the possibility of adding menthol to the list of harmful and potentially harmful substances known as HPHCs.
The FDA plans to conduct further research to advance the understanding of the effects of menthol in cigarettes and address this issue in its campaigns to prevent smoking in the younger members of the population in the United States.
Already in 2011 a panel of physicians, scientists and public health experts convened by the FDA issued a report in which they stated that menthol in cigarettes makes it easier to keep hooked to it and harder to quit.
Then the panel concluded that the removal of menthol cigarettes from the market would greatly benefit the population in the United States.