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FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

HeadlineApr 29, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration has published its plan to prohibit the sale and manufacture of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Menthol cigarettes are even more addictive — and deadly — than regular cigarettes. The FDA estimates a ban could save 633,000 lives by 2050, with the benefits felt most in the African American community, which for years was targeted by Big Tobacco’s ad campaigns promoting menthol brands such as Newport and Kool. A 2018 survey found 85% of Black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes.

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