Statement attributed to:
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D.
President, American Medical Association
“We are pleased by the FDA’s action today to propose a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes and finally remove these harmful products from the market. For far too long, tobacco companies have used menthol-flavored products to prey on young people, particularly Black youth. While long overdue, this rule, if finalized, will be a big step toward preventing a new generation from becoming addicted to tobacco products and suffering unnecessary harm, including death. We will continue to support policies and initiatives that will keep tobacco products out of the hands of our nation’s youth and work to address this leading cause of preventable disease and death.”
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