Alabama State Trooper Association - Comment

This is a Comment on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposed Rule: Menthol in Cigarettes, Tobacco Products; Request for Comments

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Letter Regarding
Docket No. FDA-2013-N-0521

August 29, 2013

Dear FDA

On behalf of the more than 1,000 active and retired members of the Alabama State Troopers Association, we respectfully request that the FDA take into consideration the likely impacts of any decision which may eliminate menthol cigarettes as a category.

Two of the primary goals of our organization are to protect the community and rights of all citizens of the State of Alabama, and to support in every way the continuing betterment of criminal and civil justice in the State of Alabama and the United States of America. However, for our professional law enforcement officers to effectively operate we must have proper funding and a reasonable set of laws which we are called upon to enforce.

We would not have you interpret our concerns as endorsing smoking or using any kind of tobacco products. Our state officials have aptly established public policy in that regard. However, our state depends on the steady income of tax revenue generated by the sale of cigarettes – a portion of which goes into the General Fund from which our active members’ Public Safety budget is generated – and the money coming into our state from the Master Settlement Agreement. Should menthol cigarettes be eliminated from legal sales, our state could see a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in a just a few years.

We are well aware of the impact felt across all levels of law enforcement by the illegal trafficking of black market or contraband cigarettes. A federal regulation that would eliminate menthol would certainly give rise to this kind of illicit activity, leaving the enforcement up to us at the state and local levels. This unnecessary distraction would take us away from our primary responsibilities and we would have to perform our law enforcement duties with less money.

Therefore we respectfully request that you take law enforcement concerns into your decisions as you move forward.

Thank you

David W. Steward Jr., President
Alabama State Trooper Association
Comment Period Closed
Sep 23 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: FDA-2013-N-0521-0055
Tracking Number: 1jx-87bp-imj2

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Date Posted: Sep 6, 2013
RIN: Not Assigned
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Category: Association - D0003