Not So Breaking News: FDA Considers Banning Menthol Cigs

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  1. newcastlefan

    newcastlefan גֵּרְשֹׁם VIP

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    What will all the stoners do if they can't get packs of Newports?


    [h=1]F.D.A Takes Steps Toward Ruling on Menthol Cigarettes[/h] [h=6]By SABRINA TAVERNISE[/h] WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration inched closer on Tuesday to a decision on whether to ban menthol in cigarettes, releasing its own scientific review that found the mint flavoring made it easier to start smoking and harder to quit.
    The agency also published a notice in the federal register calling for input from the public on the “potential regulation on menthol in cigarettes,†another step in the rulemaking progress that began in 2009 when Congress exempted menthol from a ban on flavors in cigarettes.
    The move is likely to please smoking opponents, who have been calling for F.D.A. action on menthol cigarettes. They account for about a quarter of all cigarettes smoked in the United States and are particularly popular among African-Americans.
    Still, it was only an intermediate step in what advocates say has been a prolonged process. Many expected the agency to act on menthol in 2011 after a Congressionally mandated committee of outside experts, convened by the F.D.A., found that menthol had a negative effect on public health.
    “This is either a way to take the heat off, or the beginning of a meaningful process,†said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group. “That’s the book the jury is still out on.â€
    Mitchell Zeller, the new head of the F.D.A.'s Center for Tobacco Products, said the steps the agency took on Tuesday showed it is moving forward as fast as it can. The public comment period will be open for 60 days.
    “The F.D.A. is a regulatory agency,†he said on a conference call for journalists. “As a regulatory agency we can only go as far as the regulatory science will take us.â€
    He added: “The bottom line is, we need more information. We also need input from the public.â€
    Mr. Myers said the timing of the announcement was likely linked to an international trade dispute. The United States has until Wednesday to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling. It held that the United States ban on clove cigarettes under the 2009 law violated Indonesia’s trade rights if the United States was not also banning menthol. Indonesia, a maker of clove cigarettes, brought the suit. The United States contended that menthol posed a different public health risk than other flavors, but the W.T.O. did not accept the argument.
     
  2. BrulesRules

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    yes because people that smoke have NO CLUE it's bad for them :facepalm:
     
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    They should ban the people that smoke them.
     
  4. Gitfiddle

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    Great, another reason for the groids to riot.
     
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    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    Can't smoke in restaurants, bars, parks, on your company's premises, in your own fucking car.

    Christ-on-a-stick, get off the fucking smokers' dicks already. :rolleye:
     
  6. Doug Masters

    Doug Masters ok

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    Government dictating what you can and can't do..


    does it ever stop? :facepalm:
     
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    Um, it's not stoners that will revolt it's the blaeks. :secret:
     
  8. crazypreacher

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    The blaeks gonna be pissed.
     
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    I wonder if the Natives can still sell them?
     
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    the blacks will riot if this happens
     
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    funny thing is they need smokers with all their cigarette taxes they count on for revenue...not a very smart play.
     
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    And we thought the blaecks were pissed over George Zimmerman.
     
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    That's probably part of the reason they've jacked up the price so fucking high.
     
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    On the rare occasion that I smoke, I gotta have menthols. And I love Virginia Slims! :hat:
     
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    Seems like everyone smokes in europe, but they dont have any obese people like us...and seem healthier...just a random observation
     
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    Dis am RAYCISS!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :afro:
     
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    One more thing to piss off the blaecks.

    :c
     
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    Daveindiego Confirmed Internet Legend Gold

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    Really? That's fascinating.

    How about you pack up your fat ass, and head on back to Europe then. :smile:
     
  20. banksy

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