Closing the loopholes on a flavored cigar ban: Anticipated challenges and solutions

Prev Med. 2022 Dec;165(Pt B):107197. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107197. Epub 2022 Aug 13.


For the first time since Congress authorized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco in 2009, FDA proposed two tobacco product standards on May 4, 2022. After a period of public comment and agency review, if the product standards are finalized in their current form, they will ban menthol cigarettes (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2022b), which comprised 37% of the U.S. cigarette market in 2019 and 2020 (Federal Trade Commission, 2021), and flavored cigars (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2022a), which have exceeded 50% of cigar sales since 2012 (Delnevo et al., 2021b). This commentary examines potential challenges to banning flavored cigars and highlights issues FDA and Congress should consider.

Keywords: Cigar; Concept flavor; Enforcement; Flavor; Illicit trade; Regulation; Surveillance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Commerce
  • Flavoring Agents
  • Humans
  • Taste
  • Tobacco Products*
  • Tobacco Use
  • United States


  • Flavoring Agents