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Reports: FDA Plans To Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Limit E-Cig Flavors

November 12, 2018 - 11:02 am

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- Shares of tobacco stocks were lower Monday morning amid reports that the Food and Drug Administration will announce a proposal to ban menthol cigarettes as soon as this week.

The proposal is part of the FDA’s renewed crackdown on nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, the New York Times reported

It would likely take years for an FDA ban on menthol brands like Newport and Kool to go into effect.

Public health advocates have long decried menthol cigarettes, which allow the body to absorb more nicotine.

The NAACP says African Americans have been especially targeted by menthol marketing; 85 percent of black smokers in the U.S. use menthols compared to 29 percent of white smokers.

Canada has already banned the cigarettes and a European Union ban is being implemented in 2020.

The FDA is also planning to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, except menthol and mint, at stores across the country, according to the Times.

Other flavors of e-cigs would still be available online, where they could be better regulated.

The major tobacco companies did not comment on the Times’ story.