- vulnerable /VUHL-ner-uh-buhl/
- initiative /ih-NISH-uh-tiv/
- mortality /mawr-TAL-i-tee/
- retailer /REE-tay-luh/
- comply /kuhm-PLAHY/
[adjective] – able to be easily physically or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked
After the earthquake, the vulnerable buildings in the old town were at high risk of collapse, necessitating urgent structural reinforcement.
[noun] – a new plan or process to achieve something or solve a problem
The community-led initiative aimed to revitalize the neighborhood through a series of art installations and cultural events.
[noun] – the number of deaths within a particular society and within a particular period of time
The mortality rate in the region decreased significantly after the implementation of improved healthcare services and access to essential medications.
[noun] – a person, shop, or business that sells goods to the public
The local retailer, known for its high-quality products and exceptional customer service, quickly gained popularity in the community.
[verb] – to act according to an order, set of rules, or request
The company ensured all employees would comply with the new safety protocols by providing thorough training and clear guidelines.
In tandem with these efforts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also proposing product standards to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors (excluding tobacco) in cigars. These standards are grounded in compelling scientific evidence regarding the addictiveness and harm associated with these products. They build upon the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which already prohibited characterizing flavors in cigarettes in 2009. This initiative aligns with the Administration’s ambitious Cancer Moonshot, aiming to significantly reduce cancer-related deaths over the next 25 years. Recognizing that tobacco use remains a primary cause of cancer and related mortality, these proposed standards represent a crucial step towards improving public health. By reducing the appeal of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, particularly among youth, these measures hold the potential to foster cessation and ultimately save lives. The FDA emphasizes that individual consumers will not be penalized for possession or use, with enforcement focusing on manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who fail to comply with the proposed regulations.
- Have you heard about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential rule to prohibit menthol in cigarettes and flavored cigars? If yes, what are your thoughts on this proposed regulation? If not, how do you think such a rule might impact public health?
- Have you noticed any changes in the availability or marketing of menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars in your local area? If yes, could you share your observations or experiences? If not, have you ever discussed or heard discussions about these products within your community?
- Do you believe that banning menthol in cigarettes and flavored cigars could significantly reduce tobacco-related health disparities and improve health equity in vulnerable communities?
- What are your thoughts on the enforcement approach of focusing on manufacturers, distributors, and retailers rather than individual consumers? Do you think this is an effective strategy for implementing the proposed regulations? Why or why not?
- Do you think reducing the appeal of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars will have a significant impact on youth smoking rates and ultimately contribute to saving lives? Why or why not?