AGD Comments on Proposals to Prohibit Tobacco Flavors

  • by AGD Washington Advocacy Representative
  • Aug 4, 2022
AGD joined Tobacco Free Kids and over 100 other health, medical, education, and community organizations in comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supporting proposed rules that would prohibit characterizing flavors in cigars (87 Federal Register 26396) and the use of menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes (87 Federal Register 26454).

The comments re cigar flavors and comments re menthol in cigarettes use scientific evidence to support the FDA’s proposed bans and to explain why the bans are “appropriate for the protection of the public health” under Section 907(a)(3)(A) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as amended by the Tobacco Control Act.

In comment, signatories state their position that no justification or excuse exists that permits further delay in instituting the proposed bans. They state firmly that the product standards prohibiting characterizing flavors will significantly reduce youth smoking initiation and substantially increase smoking cessation across all populations.

Impact on General Dentistry: The AGD supports evidence-based policies that seek to effectively reduce tobacco use, particularly among adolescents and young adults. The link between tobacco use, disease, and adverse oral health conditions is well-founded.