Menthol smokers themselves have reported to the National Cancer Institute that if menthol cigarettes were banned they would quit smoking. So we could save 300,000 lives and cut the smoking rates of both African Americans and gays and transgender folks in half. Sounds like a win-win to me.
A ban on menthol would go a long way to stop the next group of impressionable 13-year-olds from seeking advice from their “wise friends” who are connoisseurs of all things “minty fresh.”
After all, there’s nothing “fresh” or “cooling” about chemotherapy.
Danielle Moodie-Mills is an Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress. Her work with the Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality, or FIRE, initiative explores the intersections between race, economics, and sexual orientation.
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