Proposed menthol ban divides Black leaders

Concerns about over-policing threaten to stall a ban on menthol cigarettes and undermine a major tobacco regulation a decade in the making.

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration released two proposed rules that would prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes, which make up roughly a third of all cigarette sales, and are predominantly used by Black smokers.

While the FDA insists that this rule would save thousands of lives and curb rates of chronic disease, it has divided public figures in the Black

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