Bloomberg Law
June 17, 2020, 4:48 PMUpdated: June 18, 2020, 3:50 PM

Menthols Fatally Targeted at Black Americans, FDA Told (1)

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

The FDA’s decision to allow menthol cigarettes to remain on the market is disproportionately killing Black men and women in the U.S., and subjecting them to worsened lung infections like Covid-19, says a suit filed in California Wednesday by two anti-smoking groups.

The Food and Drug Administration announced in November 2018 that it would issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to ban menthol cigarettes. But it reversed course in June 2019, allowing them to remain on the market.

The FDA, by dragging its feet in making a determination whether to add menthol to the flavor ban list as requested ...

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