Role of menthol in smoking initiation: Are we really serious about preventing tobacco use among our youth and young adults?
Learning Areas:Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Discuss how the FDA’s elimination of menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes is a crucial and necessary step to reduce smoking initiation among youth and young people.
Keyword(s): Tobacco Policy, Tobacco Control
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a licensed naturopathic doctor and Associate Professor of Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. My research has focused on the use of previously secret internal tobacco documents to uncover the industryâs targeting of marginalized communities. I am part of the UCSF team invited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to search the legacy tobacco documents archives for tobacco industry research on menthol cigarettes, leading to a number of publications.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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