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New Law Bans Flavored Cigarettes

The FDA sees flavored cigarettes as a gateway drug, encouraging children and young adults to become regular smokers. So a new federal law enacted this Summer, which bans the production, distribution, or sale of flavored cigarettes goes into effect today. This includes clove and candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes — anything but minty-fresh menthol. Tobacco companies enhance cigarettes with sweet flavors such as vanilla, berries, or chocolate to make them taste sweeter and more appealing to teens, which results in getting them hooked young.

This new law is an amendment to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The FDA is hoping they can target flavored cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff as well.

Tobacco use causes 438,000 deaths a year, and studies show that smokers live an average of 14 years less than nonsmokers. About 90 percent of adult smokers started in their teens, so hopefully banning kid-friendly cigarettes will discourage the habit and prevent the deadly side effects.

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ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
I have to admit I went through a "rebellion" phase a year ago and I had never smoked a cig in my life, and I tried a flavored one and I started smoking "socially" it only lasted a couple months and I've only smoked probably a pack in my whole life (and NOT anymore), but if it weren't for the flavored ones I probably wouldn't have ever tried them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
#13, what does this have to do with reproductive rights? And why would you assume that those of us who have commented thus far as pro-life? :puzzled: What an unfounded assumption! I don't even know how to intelligently respond to such a ridiculous statement.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm glad everyone who has commented so far seems to be in agreement. I am tired of the government working harder and harder to control how we live our lives.
mrfamilylawyer mrfamilylawyer 7 years
Well first of all cigarette is smoking has nothing to do with our health.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
This is so dumb. I'm glad the rest of you seem to agree. While I think smoking is the stupidest habit to start ever, I don't think banning flavored cigarettes and candy cigarettes will do anything but piss off the companies that make them. I ate candy cigarettes all the time as a kid and I've never touched a real cigarette in my life.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
"No more clove cigarettes? What will the goths do?" Buy papers and make their own I suppose. All you need is tobacco and cloves. When I used to smoke I loved a brand of chocolate cigarette. You could tell it was tobacco but you didn't stink to high hell after a quick fag.
aeschere aeschere 7 years
this makes me so angry!! banning things will not stop kids from trying it. i like the flavored cigarillos. it was a personal choice to start smoking them when I was TWENTY TWO YEARS OLD. the government taking this away from me, something that is supposed to be legal... arghhhh!!
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
I agree this is pretty stupid. Are they next going to ban flavored beers and liquor?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
i don't smoke, but i think this law is stupid. Tobacco isn't illegal so why are they regulating different varieties of it (that are no more lethal than regular cigarettes?). Kids who smoke want to smoke, period. Not having flavored cigarettes means that they will just smoke the regular ones.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
OK Let's do the math, If the statistic is 3,500 people start smoking every day and of that only 1000 will become addicted and only 1% of the tobacco products are flavored then why is the FDA wasting their time? 10 people, we made a law that will influence 10 people! How about we focus on things that will effect the population as a whole??????????? Oh and since when does the FDA and Not the TTB control tobacco?
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
no more clove cigarettes? what will the goths do?
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