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Big Tobacco Loses Legal Joist With FDA On Menthol Cigs

A federal appeals court has put a roadblock in front of the tobacco industry’s attempts to challenge a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel report on the safety of menthol cigarettes. In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, part of which directs the FDA to create an advisory panel to look into the safety of menthol cigarettes. Then, in early 2011, the panel released its findings, recommending a ban because minty cigarettes appeal to young people. But R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. says the panel was unfairly biased.

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