Well, seems like FDA and menthol cigarette makers are in court again. The big question to smokers is, will menthol cigarettes be banned. It’s apparent that cigarette makers are suing the FDA. This is nothing new as their was a big stink about the FDA trying to shut down electronic cigarettes. My opinion is someone didn’t get their cut in the deal…. but that’s just opinion.
As for menthol cigarettes, FDA is being sued because of the FDA is trying to do away with the menthol market entirely. It’s an interesting case, we have to wonder if this will happen with the smokeless cigarette Solar Cigarette, which is a healthier alternative and helps smokers lose weight as well.
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Reynolds and Lorillard, the second- and third-biggest US cigarette makers, filed suit to block the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from receiving recommendations from an advisory committee that the cigarette makers claim have conflicts of interest, Reuters is reporting.
Reynolds, a unit of Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Reynolds American Inc., makes Camel and Winston cigarettes in addition to its Kool and Salem menthol brands. Lorillard Tobacco is a unit of Lorillard Inc., based in Greensboro, North Carolina. It makes Newport, the top-selling menthol brand.
The plaintiffs seek an order preventing the FDA from receiving the report, which is thought to include recommendations on the use of menthol in cigarettes. Mentholated cigarettes make up roughly 30 percent of US annual cigarette sales of more than $83 billion, according to Euromonitor International.
The FDA was given regulatory power over tobacco products in 2009 and the legislation called on the FDA to seek advice from a panel of outside experts before determining whether menthol cigarettes should also be taken off the US market.
Filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawsuit accuses three panel members of having “severe financial and appearance conflicts of interest and associated biases,” and the suit claims these three advisers have received funding for research or consultation work from drug makers that make smoking-cessation products.
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Currently smokers have alternatives. To be perfectly honest, such a smoker like myself who loves menthol. If I didn’t have my menthol cigarettes, I believe their would be rioting in the streets.
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