FDA Menthol Response

Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative celebrates the many health organizations who have worked to make this day happen in tobacco control.  Please watch the response by the leading advocates including the Center for Black Health & Equity, the Public Health Law Center, and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council on the FDA decision to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

Read the full FDA News Release here.
“Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “Together, these actions represent powerful, science-based approaches that will have an extraordinary public health impact. Armed with strong scientific evidence, and with full support from the Administration, we believe these actions will launch us on a trajectory toward ending tobacco-related disease and death in the U.S.” 
Historic win today for public health and tobacco control.
Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative also wants to share our partner organization MD Anderson’s statement in response to the FDA’s decision here.
Our initiative is committed to helping assure cessation treatment is available to individuals who are using menthol products. Please visit the Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use website to find the resources available in Missouri to help, including the State Quitline and MU Health Care Quit Tobacco Now program offered free for all Missourians at muhealth.org/quit-tobacco-now.
Ginny Chadwick
Program Coordinator