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    Nat Sherman Clarifies Compliance With FDA's Ban on Flavored Cigarettes

    Clove, mint brands removed from marketplace; 'mint' to become 'menthol.'

    NEW YORK – Tobacco company Nat Sherman is complying with the FDA ban on flavored cigarettes, except for regular and menthol brands, by removing its clove and mint styles from the market. Many states are already removing them from their approved brand directories, the company said in a letter to customers last week.

    The company has discontinued its A Touch of Clove and all mint brands.

    "Concerning our mint brands, while many competitors use a synthetic menthol flavoring to treat the tobacco in their products, we have always remained true to our heritage as a manufacturer of only all natural 100-percent additive-free cigarettes," the company wrote. "Since menthol is derived from nature's own mint plant, our menthol flavored cigarettes have always contained pure menthol crystals in our filters to import a natural menthol flavor. And to differentiate our menthol products, we adopted the descriptor 'mint.' Now, however we have revised our packaging for these brands and changed the descriptor to 'menthol.' Other than this slight name change, you can be assured the quality and enjoyment you and your adult customers have come to expect from these brands will continue to remain the same."

    The UPC and product codes for those products will remain unchanged.

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