Are Menthol Cigarettes A Safer Alternative?


By Molly Clifton

A new Food and Drug Administration review of menthol cigarettes finds the mint-flavored cigarettes probably pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes, but the agency stopped short of proposing a limit or ban on the cigarettes.

The FDA says there’s little evidence to suggest menthol cigarettes are more or less toxic, but research shows that more and more young people are picking up the minty cigarettes and menthol smokers have a harder time quitting.

An FDA panel released similar findings in 2011 and recommended removing menthol cigarettes from the market.

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