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Biden admin delays menthol cigarette ban amid public pushback

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The Biden administration announced on Friday, April 26, a delay in the proposed rule to ban menthol cigarettes, citing substantial public feedback and the need for further discussion. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra highlighted the historic level of attention the rule has received, with significant contributions from civil rights and criminal justice groups during the public comment period.

Originally set for implementation, the proposed ban faced postponement last December and recently missed another deadline, leading to legal action by advocacy groups like the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council. These groups have expressed frustration over the Food and Drug Administration’s delays.

With no definitive timetable set for the rule’s finalization, a government official noted the complexity of the issues involved, stating, “Hard to put a timeline on that,” reflecting ongoing uncertainty around the ban’s future.

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