A: In September, the FDA banned flavored cigarettes, including clove cigarettes. It is now illegal to manufacture, import, distribute, or sell flavored cigarettes.
The FDA is working to ensure illegal imports do not reach consumers and your purchase may in fact be seized. In a recent media briefing, the FDA stated, “We’ve established procedures at the border to watch for products which violate this ban to prevent them from entering the United States.”
The FDA has also created a website devoted to information concerning the ban: http://www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco
Menthol cigarettes and flavored pipe tobacco are not affected by this ban.
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