The Biden administration has announced that they will ban menthol cigarettes as anticipated.
“Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products. With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom are far more likely to use these tobacco products,” said the FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock.
Banning substances does nothing but create a black market for the product, especially when the substance is highly addictive.
Before marijuana was legalized in so many states vaporizer cartridges were sold on the black market. The cartridges could be fit into a normal nicotine device.
There was an epidemic of these cartridges being used by young kids and causing them to be hospitalized.
When substances are not regulated there is no saying what sellers may put in them, how they will be produced, how safe they are, or whom they will be sold to in the first place.
The same has already begun happening with tobacco products. New York State for example has banned most flavored nicotine vapes.
These flavors were highly desirable and no those who use them can only vape tobacco. Even typical tobacco flavors like mint and menthol are scarce.
This caused gangs to begin gathering name brand disposable vapes that are empty, refilling them with the appropriate flavor and selling them.
Unsuspecting users would assume that the product is directly from a puff bar factory. In reality they were dealing with a much more dangerous product that does not meet FDA standards.
The same will happen with menthol cigarettes but Biden has sacrificed freedom for wokeness. Declaring that menthol cigarettes are racist and target blacks.