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The ADA, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and more than 60 organizations are asking the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes.

“The scientific evidence strongly establishes that the availability of menthol cigarettes both increases the level of smoking initiation and decreases the level of smoking cessation,” wrote the coalition in a Nov. 10 letter to FDA. “There is a growing body of evidence that the elimination of menthol cigarettes would lead a substantial number of current menthol smokers to quit smoking rather than switch to non-menthol cigarettes [...]