Why they matter
and how to stop them
Whether you prefer menthol cigarettes, flavored chewing tobacco or other flavored tobacco products, your favorite may be next on the chopping block. The best way to prevent a tobacco flavor ban from actually going into effect is to get all the facts and advocate for your consumer right to choose.
> What is a flavor ban?
> What happens if a flavor ban is passed in my area?
> Is menthol a characterizing flavor?
Depending on the level used, menthol can be a characterizing flavor. Many cigarette brands, dating back decades, have used menthol.
When Congress enacted the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act in 2009, the law prohibited the continued use of characterizing flavors in cigarettes – except for menthol. Now with vapor products – which come in many characterizing flavors – becoming more popular in the last few years, legislators and regulators alike are looking at how to regulate flavors across all tobacco products. If you prefer menthol-flavored products, it’s time to pay attention because the option to choose could be gone before you know it.
You have the power to help drive the conversation around flavor bans. If a ban is proposed in your area, share what you know with other adult tobacco users and tell your legislators you’re against flavor bans.
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