The Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Sparks a Debate Over How it Will Help and Harm the Black Community.
The FDA recently proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, underlying the health risks it disproportionately causes Black Americans. Opponents of the ban are concerned it will criminalize Black smokers.
Kools. Newports. Marlboros. Black n Milds. Phillies.
It is commonplace to visit corner stores, liquor stores, ‘hood markets, etc. in predominantly Black neighborhoods and see a wide assortment of menthol-flavored cigarettes and flavored cigars. If you grew up Black, it is possible that someone in your family sent you to the …