On September 22, 2009 a ban on cigarettes containing certain characterizing flavors went into effect. The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by FDA to reduce smoking in America.
FDA’s ban on certain characterizing flavored cigarettes highlights the importance of reducing the number of children who start to smoke, and who become addicted to dangerous tobacco products. FDA is also examining options for regulating both menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.
According to the act
…a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke
Any company who continues to make, ship or sell such products may be subject to FDA enforcement actions. You are encouraged to report any company that sells cigarettes with these certain characterizing flavors.
- Report Form
- Press Release (en Español)
- Transcript for FDA's Media Briefing on Ban on Cigarettes with Certain Characterizing Flavors
- Federal Register Notice: Enforcement of General Tobacco Standard Special Rule for Cigarettes
- FDA Warns Companies against Marketing Illegal Flavored Cigarettes
Information for Industry and Health Professionals
Letter to Tobacco Control Groups on Cigarettes Containing Certain Characterizing Flavors Letter to Industry on Cigarettes Containing Certain Characterizing Flavors Guidance to Industry and FDA Staff: General Questions and Answers on the Ban of Cigarettes that Contain Certain Characterizing Flavors (Edition 2)