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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

This Week in CTP - July 23, 2013


FDA Invites Public Input on Menthol in Cigarettes

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. Specifically, the FDA is requesting information to inform its thinking about potential regulatory options, such as establishing tobacco product standards, sale and distribution restrictions, and other regulatory actions and considerations. 

The agency is also including its Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of the Possible Public Health Effects of Menthol Versus Nonmenthol Cigarettes, along with other relevant scientific information on the topic of menthol, in the docket for the ANPRM to give all interested parties an opportunity to comment on these materials.

The ANPRM will be available for public comment for 60 days. For more information, read the FDA’s press release and visit the FDA’s menthol cigarettes page.