The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on cigarettes with flavors characterizing fruit, candy, or clove. The ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by the FDA to reduce smoking in America. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in America.
The FDA's ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, effective 22 Sep 09, highlights the importance of reducing the number of children who start to smoke, and who become addicted to dangerous tobacco products. The FDA is also examining options for regulating both menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.
"Almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers. These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. "The FDA will utilize regulatory authority to reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco products to enhance our Nation's public health."
For more information on how to become tobacco free, talk to your primary care provider, call Health Promotion & Wellness at 760-830-2814 or email NHTPfirstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, Adult Medical Care Clinic and Clinics China Lake & Bridgeport will be tobacco free campuses as of January 1st. This will include all patient parking lots, sidewalks and buildings.