Jessica Miller | March 30, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering whether to ban the use of menthol as best cigarettes. Mentholated cigarettes account for roughly 30 percent of cigarettes sold in the United States, and they are favored by African-American smokers by roughly a threefold margin compared to white smokers. They are also favored by women smokers. A major aspect of the FDA charge is to determine whether use of mentholated cigarettes is more harmful than use of non-mentholated cigarettes.
Jessica Miller | March 6, 2012
Last summer, the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) released a report that was supposed to help guide the FDA in deciding whether to ban menthol cigarettes from the market. Instead of issuing a specific recommendation, however, the TPSAC report merely suggested that the agency should consider all of the potential effects of a menthol ban if it does consider such a policy. Unlike TPSAC, however, ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross has a strong opinion on the potential menthol proscription: He thinks it’s a bad idea. “The rationale for such a ban is flawed, and the repercussions will be dangerous for public health,” he says.
Jessica Miller | February 11, 2011
The world’s biggest nongovernment cigarette maker, Philip Morris International Inc., has said new products in its key brands like Marlboro will help its sales rise as smokers around the world face tax hikes, bans, health concerns and social stigma.
Jessica Miller | December 17, 2010
A lawyer or the tobacco company found responsible for the death of Marie Evans, a Roxbury woman who was seduced into smoking habit as a teenager and later developed lung cancer, asked a Suffolk Superior Court jury today to no longer hold the company accountable for the past. “The focus is solely on the present and the future,” Walter Cofer, a Kansas City-based attorney representing Lorillard Inc., told jurors.
Jessica Miller | December 10, 2010
That cool, throat-numbing sensation some smokers find in their Kiss cigarettes could go the way of other products the federal government has deemed dangerous. Menthol, a natural compound found in the mint plant, soothes throats and helps tame an achy tummy.