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Candy Flavored Cigarettes?

According to a new study from the Stanford School of Medicine, tobacco companies pumped up the advertising and lowered the price of menthol cigarettes in stores near California high schools with larger populations of African-American students.

That cigarette companies use predatory marketing strategies doesn’t surprise me at all. What I find shocking is a piece of news I missed at the time: A federal law passed in 2008 banned 13 candy flavorings in cigarettes. Candy flavorings in cigarettes. (So egregious, makes me embarrassed to be of the same species that dreamed it up.)

The 2008 ban, however, allowed the continued use of menthol flavoring. (I can just imagine the negotiating between the tobacco lobby and legislators: we’ll give up bubble gum and fruit punch, if we can keep peppermint.) Menthol makes the smoke from tobacco smoother and less harsh; even non- menthol cigarettes often have low levels of the additive.

Presently, the FDA is gathering information on whether to ban menthol as a flavoring agent in cigarettes.

Although cigarette makers deny using race or ethnicity to target consumers, the lead researcher for the study said the data shows a “predatory” marketing pattern geared to luring young African Americans into becoming smokers.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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3:30AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

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2:52AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you :)

12:45PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Waste of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4

1:56PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you

4:50AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Noted......

1:43AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

People should only smoke weed. Tobacco, whatever taste, with the 500 toxic added subtances will kill you, eventually

7:39AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

I smoked as a teenager and in my early twenties. I would only smoke vanilla Djarum clove cigarettes. I quit cold turkey when my husband (then boyfriend) said "you're much more attractive when you aren't smoking." Shortly after I quit the ban was enacted so there was nothing available if I were to go back to smoking unless I bought cigars because that is where the loophole lies. I just find the smell to be sickening now.

3:31AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Cigarettes are poisonous, whatever the flavour, but I have never met a black person that smokes menthol...ok I'm English, but know lots of black people, most don't smoke, especially the women. And those who do, just like everyone else, blames it on childhood mistakes but can't stop because of the addiction. But seriously, what do you expect ciggy companies to do? They're the governments drug dealers! There are 2 government drugs, one hard (alcohol) and one soft, (cigarettes) which according to them should cover all our recreational drug wants.
And you can be guaranteed that they put up different billboards with differing racial mixes for each area. Mexicans for Mexicans, whites for whites, Chinese for Chinese. You're not going to find Chinese advertising in white areas! These are clever unscrupulous people trading in something more addictive than heroin! (Heroin addicts, while able to kick 'Horse', still smoke ciggies)

4:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Why do people still smoke?...

3:13AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

they should ban menthol flavoured ciggarettes

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