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FDA agrees menthol cigarettes are a risk, stops short of recommending ban urged by American Heart Association

Published: 3:02 pm CDT, July 23, 2013

The American Heart Association is among many organizations that have long supported the ban of menthol cigarettes. The Food & Drug Administration today agreed that menthol cigarettes likely are more dangerous than regular cigarettes – however, the government agency stopped short of recommending the product be banned.

“What more evidence do we need?” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in a statement today. “We can waste no more time.  We must move ahead as quickly as possible to prohibit menthol cigarettes.”

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