Who’da Thunk It? A Ban on Flavored Cigarettes..
Matt | On 07, Apr 2010
Last night, I learned from a friend that President Obama helped her stop smoking cloves.
I thought she must have been inspired from his efforts to stop smoking. She said, “Hell naw, they banned the sale of cloves in the United States late last year!” LOL!! I tried to make it a big grand moment, but she brought me back down to reality. Go figure.
Well, it’s true and I’m really late on this news, obviously because I’m a non-smoker. In September 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of flavored-cigarettes because of their wide appeal to youth. Some popular flavors included the fruit and candy, as well as clove.
The companies that either make or import the cigarettes have been trying to get around the ban by producing small “cigars” of the same flavors. The ban does not apply to cigars. But, the FDA definition of a cigarette is “any roll of tobacco wrapped in paper.” Sounds like a cigar to me. Leave it to the federal government to bring on the confusion.
The thing that confuses me is that the ban does NOT apply to menthol cigarettes. Huh? That’s what they need to be banning! Even with our no-smoking law, those damn cigarettes can stink up a balcony, club, or just ruin anybody’s sinuses. At least the cloves were less offensive in smell. It’s one step in the right direction for the kiddies and it’s less temptation for Obama. I must point out, though, he is still puffing a Marlboro every now and again, but regulating tobacco products. **side eye**
Note: And just for the record’s sake, the FDA now controls the regulation of tobacco products, as of June 2009. The Treasury Department used to have control of the products. I don’t expect things to get any easier for my smoking friends out there. The FDA does NOT play at all!