No More Menthols?

Menthol cigarettes escaped a US FDA ban on flavored cigarettes in 2009, but that may change after a lawsuit from public health groups highlighting the products’ disproportionate use among Black smokers.
 
Aggressive marketing has helped make tobacco use the #1 cause of preventable death for Black Americans, according to a damning report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Axios reports.
 
The FDA will make a call by April—but Massachusetts and California have already barred menthols, and Connecticut, Vermont and Maryland are considering it.
 
The products have been “pushed down the throat” of Black communities for decades, says Phillip Gardiner, a co-chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council and has published research on menthol cigarettes, according to VTDigger.

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