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Mar182011

FDA Panel Proposes Removal of Menthol Cigarettes from Market

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made recommendations Friday against the sale of menthol cigarettes on the basis that the minty flavoring may make smoking more appealing, causing youth to try smoking.

Menthol is the only flavored cigarette still allowed to be legally sold, but now an FDA panel has found that removing menthol smokes from the market would benefit public health in the U.S. 

Now ant-smoking groups are coming out hailing the findings, saying that banning the cigarettes would go a long way to keeping youth -- who often choose menthol flavored cigarettes -- from lighting up.

While the FDA agreed that menthol cigarettes do not present a greater health risk than other cigarettes, the panel said that taking menthols off the market could save lives.

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