FDA policy that has emerged from a White House–proposed ban on flavored vape products “allows continued manufacture and sale of menthol e-cigarettes, leaving those who are addicted to menthol products at risk,” AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., said. The Academy called on the FDA to ban menthol and all forms of mixing fruit flavors in e-cigarettes.
The Academy and its fellow Group of Six(www.groupof6.org) members previously applauded the White House decision to remove flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol products, from the market. The frontline physicians also shared their joint principles on tobacco(www.groupof6.org), encouraging the administration to continue the push against U.S. smoking and the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
The Academy recently called on Congress to protect Americans from surprise medical bills with legislation requiring health plans to count patients’ cost-sharing toward their in-network deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. "Inaction on this important issue is unacceptable," the AAFP told lawmakers.