Smoke Menthol Cigarettes? A Ban Could Be Coming
Smoking in general has been a topic of conversation for a few years now. There has been a big push to get rid of smoking- anything. It's unhealthy and that is what most people want now is to be healthy, in every way.
There have been a few ways that smoking has been discouraged. It's been removed from most public places, there's a huge tax on cigarettes, and a crack down on vaping as well.
Now, there's a push from the FDA and the Biden Administration to remove flavors from all cigarettes, which includes menthol, and cigars.
"Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products," Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement.
The hope is to have this ban in place within a year. They would do it immediately, but this needs to legally go through a public comment period. That should be fun.
How many people in the US smoke menthol cigarettes? Apparently about a third of all smokers smoke menthols. Studies have shown that if you are a young person, and exposed to smoking, you are more likely to start if you try a menthol than a regular cigarette. Frankly, they just taste better, so it's easier to get hooked on a "minty" tasting cigarette than one that isn't flavored. So the hope is that it will deter more people by taking the flavor away.
Some believe that his will never happen... I guess we will see within the next year if it does or not.
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