The F-D-A its intention to ban menthol cigarettes. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-free Generation applauds the decision. She says the tobacco industry has been marketing to people of color more than a half-century.
“In the 1950s about 10% of black smokers used menthols and today it’s about 85% and it’s because they did things like went into black neighborhoods and handed out free samples from vans.”
Smith says the ban could take more than a year to put in place. But she says this is a big step and adds that ending the sales would “promote racial justice and improve health.”