The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that menthol flavored cigarettes make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit. The reason is because of the mint flavor that attracts first-time smokers also leading to greater dependence than standard filtered cigarettes. In 2009 Congress exempted menthol from a ban, but now hopes to regulate distribution. In attempts to ban menthol, the FDA simply needs to conduct more research and identify key characteristics that distinguish menthol from standard tobacco cigarettes.
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