Former Health Officials Urge Tobacco Companies to Stop Selling Menthol Cigarettes

A group of former top health officials is urging tobacco companies to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes. The group includes all of the living former U.S. Secretaries of Health, Surgeons General, and Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The group, called the Citizens’ Commission To Protect the Truth is also calling on the Obama Administration to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes.

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Smoking Could Drop to 10 Percent or Lower, Some Health Officials Predict

A number of trends could combine to lower U.S. smoking rates from the current 18 percent, to 10 percent or less, health officials predict. Cigarette taxes, bans on smoking in public places and regulations on cigarette advertising could influence people’s perceptions of smoking, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled its latest anti-smoking campaign, which features real people talking about smoking in tough and often frightening terms. A previous anti-tobacco ad campaign featuring graphic images helped 100,000 people quit smoking, the CDC said in September.

Last week, CVS, the nation’s second largest pharmacy chain, announced it will stop selling tobacco products in its more than 7,600 stores by October 1.

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Newest CDC Anti-Smoking Campaign Once Again Features Graphic Ads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week unveiled its latest anti-smoking campaign, which features real people talking about smoking in tough and often frightening terms.

A previous anti-tobacco ad campaign featuring graphic images helped 100,000 people quit smoking, the CDC said in September.

The latest “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign includes ads for TV, radio and print, HealthDay reports. The campaign will last nine weeks. The ads show the suffering caused by cigarettes from asthma, cancer, heart attack, and amputations. Some of the new ads will focus on smoking-related cancers, the impact of cigarettes on the health of pregnant women, and the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Full story of anti-smoking graphic ads at drugfree.org