On April 29, 2021, the FDA made a historic decision to put an end to decades of predatory marketing by Big Tobacco to kids and Black Americans and start the process of banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. This is a truly momentous action to protect kids from tobacco addiction, advance health equity and save lives. Sign our petition urging the FDA to move swiftly to turn this decision into life-saving action.
To the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
We strongly support your bold commitment to prohibit menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and urge you to swiftly finalize and implement this lifesaving policy.
The FDA's decision to prohibit these products is a truly historic action to protect kids from tobacco addiction, advance health equity and save lives, especially among Black Americans:
This policy is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence.
As the FDA itself concluded in a 2013 scientific report, menthol makes cigarettes easier for kids to start smoking, more addictive and harder for smokers to quit.
In addition, cheap, flavored cigars sold in hundreds of flavors like banana smash, cherry dynamite and chocolate, as well as menthol – have flooded the market in recent years and fueled the popularity of these products with kids. According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, cigars are now the most popular tobacco product among Black high school students and the second most popular tobacco product (after e-cigarettes) among all high school students.
While the FDA said it would issue proposed rules within the next year, we urge you to expedite this time frame and quickly turn this commitment into lifesaving action. We cannot afford any more delays to protect kids and save lives.