NBC News reports:
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin the process of banning menthol tobacco cigarettes, as well as all flavored cigars — a move heralded as one expected to improve the health of groups most likely to smoke menthol products, including children and Black Americans.
“With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products,” acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock [photo] said in a statement.
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BREAKING: FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. https://t.co/5oE55ztwtK
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 29, 2021