FDA ban on flavored cigs takes effect

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Posted on September 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:17 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The new federal ban on flavored cigarettes has taken effect.

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The ban is one of the first visible effects of a new law giving the FDA wide-ranging authority to regulate the tobacco industry. It includes cigarettes with candy, fruit and clove flavors.

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Officials say flavored cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people. Studies cited by the FDA have shown that 17-year-old smokers are three times as likely to use flavored cigarettes as smokers over the age of 25.

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The FDA sent a letter to the industry last week discussing the ban and its plans for enforcement.

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In June, President Barack Obama signed the law that allows the FDA to regulate tobacco, though it can't ban nicotine or tobacco outright.

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(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.? All Rights Reserved.)

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