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FDA: Menthol cigs pose greater risk

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban the minty smokes – one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business.

The federal agency released the independent review on Tuesday and is seeking input from the health community, the tobacco industry and others on possible restrictions on the mint-flavored cigarettes.

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