June 15, 2021

Biden plans to issue ban on menthol cigarettes: Report

The Biden administration is reportedly poised to announce a ban on menthol cigarettes – a product known to be popular among Black consumers – and now finds itself facing considerable backlash from social justice advocates who decry the move as racist, as Breitbart reports.

According to CBS News, a ban on mint-flavored cigarettes is expected to come Thursday, which is the court-ordered deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a citizen petition calling for such a prohibition. Health advocates have long encouraged the removal of menthol cigarettes from the market due to research revealing that they have disproportionate, negative impacts on the health of minority communities and youth.

Roughly 20 million American smokers routinely opt for the menthol varieties, according to data from the FDA, and research from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that roughly 70% of all Black smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 use them as well, as Fox News noted. Black adults also purchase menthol cigarettes in much higher percentages than other racial demographic groups, the CDC statistics reveal.

In a statement urging the ban, American Medical Association President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. explained, “For generations, tobacco companies have promoted menthol cigarettes to the African American community, preying especially on African American youth. The results are clear and grim,” adding, “this action is long overdue.”

Despite the health benefits many medical advocates suggest a ban on menthol cigarettes may offer Black Americans, the Biden administration has been warned by other activist groups that the effects of such a prohibition may actually exacerbate other perceived racial disparities, as Fox News explained.

The American Civil Liberties Union, together with dozens of other signatories, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra stating that though a ban on menthol cigarettes is “no doubt well-intentioned,” it was likely to have “serious racial justice implications.”

The social justice advocates claimed that “such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction…A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with law enforcement.”

Signers of the letter made reference to the highly-publicized police-involved deaths of Eric Garner – who was accused of selling “loosie” cigarettes contrary to law – and of Michael Brown – suspected of stealing cigarillos prior to his fateful encounter with law enforcement – in calling for an approach that would “avoid solutions that will create yet another reason for armed police to engage citizens on the street based on the pretext or conduct that does not pose a threat to public safety.”

Members of the Biden administration are perhaps learning the hard way that regardless of the good intentions they believe undergird a given policy, the broader hierarchy of racial grievance mongering often gets in the way, perpetuating a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” dynamic.

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  3. Why not try to ban all cigarettes. See where that gets you other than a ban all the taxes the feds, states, cities and counties would loose. They would all go crazy at the loss of all that money.

    1. They would go crazy. What I would like to know is where they got the information on the 12 to 17 year olds, when the legal age to buy was 18 and now 21.

  4. Once again, the biden and ho administration is trying to say that they know what is BEST for the black community !!!! Without asking the black community how they feel about it !!!!! Apparently, they don’t have any faith that the black community can make decisions for themselves !!!! How utterly ridiculous is that ??? Come on man, the black community has been making decisions for themselves for years, they REALLY, TRULY don’t want to be PANDERED TO by the likes of you and the federal government !!!!!!

  5. TIME TO WAKE UP AND DEMAND CONGRESS IMPEACH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

    WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

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  6. I want the Government to stay the h_ll out of my personal life. You’ve just okay’d pot smoking, so why the h_ll would you ban menthod cigarettes? I’ve been smoking menthol cigarettes for over 50 years and I don’t intend to stop now. With all the bad things going on in America, who in Washington has the time to fight this battle today? This is absolutely ridiculous. Each day I learn the dislike the Democrats more and more. Biden hasn’t done one thing right, yet!!

  7. Sucking on a menthol fag must make you more intelligent then 90% of his administration. No, I believe these cigs do not put out the smoke screen desired for more shenanigans.

  8. Come on man. Blacks can’t think for themselves. They need demo rats to think for them. Not! But that’s what the ignorant dems think.

  9. It’s about Distracting from real problems like the border.
    Joey and Ho.
    Illegal gun buy from Hunter Biden and his drugs and China.And it keeps going on and on.

  10. That is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard or seen. Now Democrats are saying the BLMS don’t know what is good for them so communist Biden is going to do it for them..Aren’t you glad you voted for him? He basically just called every black person stupid! Well there goes your freedom to choose, don’t forget to say thank you to uncle Tom!

  11. The federal government knew that asbestos was bad for our health. But they had us work with it for more than 40 years. We brought it home to our wives and children. Many of them got asbestos from parents and spouses clothes. Congress has had the health warnings on cigarettes since the late sixties. Hasn’t stopped people from smoking. If you are banning menthol why then not ban them all if you are going to be a NANNY state.

  12. Joe, Joe, Joe…don’t you know that you can’t do anything that will negatively impact minorities? I would think you would have learned by now, seeing as your party got this whole ‘social justice’ thing rolling.
    Be careful what you wish for Joe, you just might get it…

  13. It’s a shame Democrats can’t see the far reaching consequences of their actions; for instance, not allowing innocent, law abiding citizens to carry guns…the consequence of that is, now they have more criminals than good people roaming their streets; and people can’t leave their homes after dark for fear of being robbed, raped, or murdered. Criminals are emboldened by the knowledge that their victims can’t shoot them.
    Democrats live in cities that bear the carnage of ‘unintended consequences’…as long as they all stay there, frankly, I don’t give a damn. It helps those of us that want to have law & order where we live…as criminals tend to migrate to areas where it is easier to get away with crime…and that is very good for people like me.
    I like being able to take a walk at midnight, or sit on my porch, looking at the stars, and listening to the crickets and frogs.

  14. Govt to Micromanage Your OUR Lives
    More regulations
    OK Dems reap what U sow
    The Rest of US DONT want this

  15. Biden can’t even be unbiased on banning cigarettes. Why Menthol? Did someone offer a bribe for you to do that? Maybe another tobacco company?

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