The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World applauds the FDA’s proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. This move will save lives and help reduce health disparities caused by these products, which are disproportionately used by Black Americans. The inclusion of small cigars, which are popular among young people, is a positive step toward keeping these harmful products away from youth.
We are also encouraged by their decision to keep menthol-flavored harm reduction products (e-cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy gum, heated tobacco, and snus) on the market. This is sound public policy that will give menthol cigarette users the option to switch to lower-risk products. There is precedent for this type of legislation: last year, the EU implemented a ban on the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes for its 27 member countries. Harm reduction products have remained on the market and there have been some positive results. Our survey of menthol cigarette smokers in eight EU countries before and after the ban found that some menthol users quit or switched to less harmful products as a result of the ban. However, the survey also offers warnings of possible negative outcomes of the ban, including increased home-based mentholation of cigarettes and some increases in illicit trade.
The FDA’s proposed legislation must be accompanied by a larger plan to reduce smoking rates, including government-led consumer education programs. This type of communications effort is needed to inform the public about the relative risks of harm reduction products, with the ultimate goal of encouraging behavior that promotes personal and public health.
The @FDATobacco's decision to ban #menthol cigarettes is a good start, but not enough. @JamesKGlassman1 believes we can accelerate an end to combustible cigarettes by countering disinformation & providing incentives to switch to harm reduced alternatives. https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/4972316001
Will the Biden-Harris administration’s embrace of #harmreduction extend to tobacco? Derek Yach (@swimdaily) believes recent policy choices bode well for #tobaccoharmreduction and represent an important step toward ending the smoking epidemic.
https://filtermag.org/evali-misinformation-increased-smoking/ The implications of @Alex_Norcia @Filtermag_org @mbsiegel comments are clear. #Disinformation (Deliberately spread false info) increases adult smoking & will kill people. @FDATobacco & @CDC need to aggressively oppose falsehoods. @SmokeFreeFdn @GregTHR
It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Did you know that those who struggle with #mentalillness are also disproportionately suffering from smoking-related illnesses? #Smokingcessation services should be included in more #mentalhealth treatment plans. https://bit.ly/34EKUHI
.@Doctor_Sud was interviewed by @snusforum about the consequences of rampant nicotine misinformation. @Doctor_Sud says, “One of the most common nicotine misconceptions is that nicotine, in quantities consumed in cigarettes or pouches, is carcinogenic.”
Following up on my recently co-authored #OpenScience @qeios pre-print with Dr Fagerström, here is an interview discussing the prevalent nicotine illiteracy that is preventing the realisation of a world free from risky forms of tobacco.
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