ACC Joins Coalition in Support of FDA Proposal to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

The ACC joined with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and more than 85 other stakeholders in an ad campaign published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recent proposed product standards prohibiting menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars.

“By advancing rules to prohibit these flavored tobacco products, the FDA is taking historic action to save lives and protect future generations from addiction,” the ad states. “This lifesaving policy must be finalized and implemented without delay.”

The FDA announced the proposed rules on April 28, highlighting their importance in protecting children, advancing health equity, and saving lives. Public comments on the rules will be accepted from May 4 through July 5 and the FDA is planning public listening sessions on June 13 and June 15.

“The authority to adopt tobacco product standards is one of the most powerful tools Congress gave the FDA and the actions we are proposing can help significantly reduce youth initiation and increase the chances that current smokers quit. It is clear that these efforts will help save lives,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, in a statement. “Through the rulemaking process, there’s an important opportunity for the public to make their voices heard and help shape the FDA’s ongoing efforts to improve public health.”

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team, Dyslipidemia, Prevention, Lipid Metabolism, Smoking

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Policy, Social Responsibility, Tobacco Products, Health Equity, Public Health, United States Food and Drug Administration, Smokers, Menthol

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