FDA to Crack Down on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Vapes

Health advocates say a menthol ban would have greater impact on the health of Americans, but it would probably take years to put in place.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The restrictions are aimed mainly at reducing smoking in kids: About half of teens who smoke cigarettes choose menthols, and flavored e-cigarettes have been blamed for a recent increase in…

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