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FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

7 months 3 days 8 minutes ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 November 15, 2018 9:21 AM November 15, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes.

Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans on Thursday. The move represents a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates, which have been falling for decades.

The restrictions are mainly aimed at reducing smoking in kids: About half of teens who smoke cigarettes choose menthols and flavored e-cigarettes have been blamed for a recent increase in teen vaping rates.

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