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FDA bans sale of 4 R.J. Reynolds products

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the sale of four brands of R.J. Reynolds cigarettes.

In a press release, the FDA noted that the four brands were not similar enough to tested products and that the manufacturer failed to show that the new products do not raise public health concerns when compared to those tested products.

The  Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes did not meet the FDA’s requirements.

“The agency will continue to review product submissions and exercise its legal authority and consumer protection duty to remove products from the market when they fail to meet the public health bar set forth under law,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Scientists found that each of the products listed had higher levels of menthol, and/or new ingredients.

Stores now have 30 days to dispose of the cigarettes or return the banned products to their supplier or manufacturer.