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Tobacco Manufacturers Plug Candy-Flavored Cigarettes

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm 1 Comment

I already wrote about this development previously, but the subject is worth revisiting, because tobacco manufacturers have recently introduced a number of exotic, candy-flavored cigarettes in an effort to target the youth market, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Candy-flavored cigarettes?

Talk about a way to lure innocent kids!

"This research revealed the development of flavor delivery technologies hidden from consumers and public health professionals, including the use of a plastic pellet placed in the cigarette filter," the report found.

"These findings raise concerns as to the potential added health risks associated with using new flavored tobacco products, and they underscore the need for effective assessment and monitoring of tobacco products."
Meanwhile, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids denounced candy-flavored cigarettes as "the latest evidence that the tobacco companies are just blowing smoke when they say they have made `profound and permanent' changes in how they do business and don’t market to kids, as they did recently in their opening arguments in the federal government’s lawsuit against the tobacco companies.'"
Sad, isn't it?
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Here's the Federal Register article that was posted today regarding the ban on flavored cigarettes effective 09/22/09

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0449]

Enforcement of General Tobacco Standard Special Rule for Cigarettes

AGENCY:  Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:  Notice.

SUMMARY:  The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), establishes a tobacco standard special rule for cigarettes. This special rule for cigarettes prohibits a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) from containing, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing this notice to remind regulated industry that as of the effective date identified in the FSPTCA, cigarettes that contain certain characterizing flavors are considered adulterated under the act. FDA is also providing in this notice contact information to which individuals who observe violative products after the effective date of the tobacco standard special rule may report their observations to FDA.

DATES:  Effective September 22, 2009.

ADDRESSES:  To report tobacco products that fail to comply with section 907(a)(1)(A) of the act after September 22, 2009, please contact the Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3229, 877-287-1373 or http://www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Michele Mital, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3229, 877-287-1373, Michele.Mital@fda.hhs.gov.

74 FR 48974 -- Sep. 25, 2009    FDA source:  http://www.FederalRegister.com or http://www.cyberregs.com/pub/cr/inside-cyberregs/ehs.htm

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