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AAO-HNS Applauds Prohibition of Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

April 29, 2021 - 3:47pm

Statement from James C. Denneny III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

April 29, 2021—Alexandria, Virginia—The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) salutes the Biden Administration for their historic action to prohibit menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars in the United States. The Academy has long advocated for banning these products and strongly supports the Administration’s decision to eliminate menthol cigarettes and urges the Food and Drug Administration to move expeditiously to propose, finalize, and implement the regulations to do so. The AAO-HNS has been a long-time member of the Tobacco Partners Coalition and ardent supporters of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. We stand with these organizations in support of this bold action that will help protect children from tobacco addiction, advance health equity, and save lives, especially among Black Americans who have long been targeted by the tobacco industry with predatory marketing for menthol cigarettes. Today’s landmark action, based on overwhelming scientific evidence, will result in both immediate and long-term benefits for U.S. citizens once implemented. We hope there will be additional actions targeting the use of flavoring of both tobacco-related and electronic cigarette products as a means of introducing children to smoking.

For more information, read the press release from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press-releases/2021_04_29_fda-menthol-announcement