Menthol in the Meantime

CSP Exclusive
No timeline set for FDA’s menthol report

By Linda Abu-Shalback Zid

CSP Daily News

ROCKVILLE, Md. — As the tobacco industry awaits a decision on menthol from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Dr. Lawrence Deyton, CTP director, took time to provide information to CSP Daily News/Tobacco E-News about where the process currently stands.

Deyton explained that the menthol report provided to the CTP by the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee was a requirement of the Tobacco Control Act and “just that, advisory.” That report, released in March 2011, concluded that the “removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States.”

Menthol: Update on FDA’s Review of the Science

  Menthol Update

Editor’s Note:  CRE has a different view from FDA with respect to the applicability of the DQA peer review guidelines to this proceeding.  CRE is of  the view that the intent of the guidelines was to allow the public to interact with the peer reviewers while the peer review is underway.  FDA has rejected the CRE call  for transparency and public  participation.

Update on FDA’s Review of the Science

Source: FDA


State Alcoholic Beverages Division to conduct tobacco checks for F.D.A.

Radio Iowa



The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has won a three-year contract to help the F.D.A.’s effort to cut smoking among minors. I.A.B.D. spokesperson, Tonya Dusold, says the program will make sure retailers are complying with marketing and sales laws regarding tobacco.

She says the certified investigators will go out and do tobacco checks on retailers and then send that information for enforcement and penalties to the F.D.A. Dusold says it’s part of a nationwide effort to curb underage smoking.

Hot topics: Scientists to study dissolvable tobacco’s role in kicking habit


Source:, INFORUM

The Food and Drug Administration has gathered a group of scientists and other experts to study flavored melt-in-your-mouth tobacco products.

The panel, meeting this week, will hear from two camps of stop-smoking advocates: those who worry that dissolvables are a gateway to smoking and others who say they help people kick the habit.

The government regulates dissolvables like other smokeless products such as chew and snuff and the warning labels are similar.

Companies can’t market dissolvables as a stop-smoking aid. Some health officials and a group of U.S. senators have called them “nicotine candy” and want the FDA to tighten the rules.

Ohio prisons study link between violence, tobacco

By: The Associated Press | 01/22/12 1:44 PM
The Associated Press

Ohio’s top prison official has asked his department to investigate whether an increase in violence is linked to a tobacco ban and the subsequent use of contraband tobacco as a commodity among inmates.

“Tobacco has become a currency that’s used in our prisons,” with a hand-rolled cigarette valued at up to $5, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr told the Dayton Daily News .

Third in a Series: FDA’s Review of Menthol in Cigarettes

By Thomas A. Briant    cspnet.som
Tobacco E-News | January 17, 2012

As required under the provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the law which granted the FDA the authority to regulate cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco), the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) studied the use of menthol in cigarettes and issued a report and set of recommendations on March 18, 2011.

The TPSAC report contained numerous conclusions, and several of the most significant conclusions are as follows:

(1)        The evidence does not indicate increased disease risks in smokers of menthol cigarettes compared to non-menthol cigarettes.

Crackdown on illicit tobacco is working in Cumbria – claim


By Pamela McGowan Health reporter

Published at 12:01, Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A major clampdown on illicit tobacco has made a dent in sales across Cumbria, a new survey has shown.

Since 2009 a campaign has been underway to encourage organisations to tackle sales of illegal cigarettes and tobacco. Since then, the total volume being bought has dropped by 11 per cent across the north west, including Cumbria.

This equates to nearly 60 million fewer illegal cigarettes – and over £13m less in duty and VAT evasion as a result.

Linn supervisors consider nicotine regulation

By Steve Gravelle/SourceMedia Group News SourceMedia Group

The Ariva tablet is “the future of tobacco,” according to its maker. A proposal in Linn County to regulate the sale of the dissolvable product may be the future of public-health efforts to restrict access to nicotine.

“These products are popping up  more and more,” said Jill Roeder, Linn County Public Health healthy behaviors branch manager. “This is just to set the stage so when they come our kids can’t buy them.”

At least one retailer doesn’t care to be caught up by the new rules.

Nicotine Patches, Gum No Help


By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: January 10, 2012
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

Smokers are no more likely to give up cigarettes for good by using nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum than if they did not use those quit-smoking aids, a prospective cohort study showed.

Socialist FDA Moving to regulate premium tobacco

by Sam Adams on December 31, 2011

H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 – Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act

Did you know that on April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, and July 7, 2011 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent to regulate cigars in the Federal Register?

Some of the measures FDA could consider, as we believe they are, include:

  • Ban on walk-in humidors, self serve cigar displays, and mail-order cigar sales;
  • Ban on all flavored cigars, that are enjoyed by legal-age adults;

New Year Ushers in Flavored Tobacco Law in N.Y.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Midnight on Dec. 31, 2011 will bring more than a new year. In New York State it will bring tougher tobacco laws.

Beginning with this Sunday, a new law bans the sale of flavored tobacco and water pipes used to smoke it to anyone under 18 years old. But, as WSYR-TV reports, the ban is coming at time when using a hookah pipe is growing in popularity in Central New York.

The law will also require smoke shops to post signs informing customers of the new law.