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Your Health 6-25-13 New brands of cigarettes

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      Two new cigarette brands will soon be on the market and available to consumers.
     This is the first time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed to hit the market since gaining its newfound authority to regulate tobacco in 2009.
      The FDA is allowing the sale of Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box.    Both are Lorillard Tobacco Co. products.
     Mitchell Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products explained that these products are essentially "equivalent" to approved products already being marketed and they "do not raise new questions of public health."
     He stressed that allowing the sale of these cigarettes does not mean that they are safer or less harmful than cigarettes already on the market.
   The agency also rejected requests to allow the marketing of four other new tobacco products it did not name.

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