OPINION: FDA prepares to ban menthol cigarettes

CN/ Steven Adamo

By Anthony Aguilar

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get rid of menthol cigarettes in the U.S.

This is taking us in the right direction because menthol is a great health risk and also hard to quit.

Menthol, found in cigarettes, is a crystalline compound with a cooling minty taste and odor, found in peppermint and other natural oils.

Menthol also relieves minor pain and irritation as well.

This is a reason why some choose to smoke menthol cigarettes.

An article by the Wall Street Journal, however, says, “The FDA concluded in 2013 that menthols are harder to quit and likely pose a greater health risk than regular cigarettes.”

It goes on to say that the menthol within the cigarette helps reduce throat irritation when smoking.

This menthol allows smokers to continue smoking comfortably.

The FDA knows how hard it is to quit smoking and still encourages smokers to choose electronic cigarettes instead of regular cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are “electronic nicotine delivery systems that are non combustible tobacco products.”

This is the right step toward helping people who have been smoking for a long time to quit.

It’s a step down from cigarettes, even though it still has negative effects overall.

Not everyone can quit so easily.Helping smokers step by step can get them to quit.

The FDA is trying to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes among youth, but they also want e-cigarettes to make their way to adults that have been long time users.

According to their website, fda.gov, “FDA will hold a public hearing on December 5, 2018 to discuss efforts to eliminate youth e-cigarette use.”

In the end they still want to end Menthol cigarettes, regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes altogether.

Pretty soon they will have a hearing to discuss ways of getting rid of E-cigarette use from the  youth.

Eventually, they will make their way into eliminating it completely.

I do agree with the FDA’s decision in getting rid of menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

They are harmful for one’s health, when it comes to the respiratory system and the organs in our body.

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