The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to ban menthol cigarettes this week.
The process itself would take years to complete, according to experts, but would begin the process of banning it.
Advocates tell News10NBC that the prospective ban is tied to the fact that menthol cigarettes have historically been marketed toward teens and communities of color. These groups statistically smoke menthol cigarettes at a higher rate than others.
A decision one way or another is expected by Thursday, which will begin that process. It’s unclear if the ban would include products that are not cigarettes, but contain tobacco.
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