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FDA Moves to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, But ACLU Warns Move Could Backfire

HeadlineApr 30, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban the sale and manufacturing of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The FDA claims the move could potentially save 633,000 lives by 2050, with the benefits being most felt in the African American community. For decades, tobacco companies have heavily marketed menthol cigarettes to communities of color. The ACLU, however, is warning this could lead to greater policing in areas where underground menthol markets pop up. The ACLU cited the case of Eric Garner, who was killed by police in New York after being accused by police of selling untaxed cigarettes.

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