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FDA taking final steps to ban menthol cigarettes

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Apr 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-28 11:06:20-04

(CNN) — Menthol cigarettes may end up fading away like smoke.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to unveil a rule that would ban menthol from being used in the production of cigarettes.

Officials say this is a necessary step to help protect public health.

Nearly 19-million people smoke menthol cigarettes and according to the FDA, most of them are minorities.

The FDA says taking menthol out of cigarettes could result in saving 650-thousand premature deaths over the next four decades.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says overall smoking rates hit an all-time low in 2018... but they add smoking is still the top cause of preventable death.