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The FDA has taken an initial step toward regulating — and possibly banning — the use of menthol in cigarettes.

On Tuesday, the agency issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which requests information from the public regarding the effects of menthol in cigarettes and possible regulatory options. The comment period will last for 60 days before the FDA makes a decision. If a rule is ultimately proposed, there will be another comment period.

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