American regulator says menthol cigarettes ‘worse’ than normal cigarettes — european lung foundation[uk]

Regulators in the USA have said menthol cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that while mint flavoured cigarettes may be just as toxic as others, they are worse as it is easier to start smoking them and harder to quit.

A new report from the FDA found that the cooling and anaesthetic qualities of the menthol made them less harsh and more appealing to smokers. The report’s conclusions echoed some of the findings of an earlier review from 2011, which suggested that a ban on menthol cigarettes would benefit public health.

The FDA has commissioned further research into the subject and is inviting input from the health community, tobacco industry and members of the public about the products.

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Disabled sports or more cigarettes? european parliament votes cash for tobacco barons and none for special olympics

Disabled sports or more cigarettes? European Parliament votes cash for tobacco barons and none for Special Olympics

Parliament shame for failing to put its money where its mouth is.

Conservatives have condemned «hypocritical» pork barrel politicians in the European Parliament who today voted for &#163 200 million to subsidise tobacco farmers whilst voting down a &#163 350,000 project aimed at helping disadvantaged people across Europe improve their lives through sport.

Young people with and without disabilities could have started training and competing with one another across Europe if the Unified Sports Programme, run by Special Olympics, had won financial support in the 2008 EU Budget, voted on today.

Conservative MEPs wanted to cut tobacco production subsidies in the EU to zero, saving taxpayers millions of pounds.

Sports Spokesman for the Conservatives in the European Parliament Chris Heaton Harris MEP, himself a professionally trained referee, said

«This decision is total hypocrisy. Subsidising tobacco production in the European Union is contrary to the EU Public Health programme and consequently represents very poor value for money for EU citizens.

«However, 2007 is the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. It is hard to imagine a programme which is better suited to the aims and ideals of equal opportunities than the Special Olympics’ Unified Sports Programme.

«The programme would have guaranteed those young, disadvantaged people access to training, competitions, social activities and events.

«Now it seems the Parliament, which constantly talks the talk on equal opportunities, simply can’t put its money where its mouth is.»