Menthol Cigarettes: An Issue of Health—and Race

African-Americans disproportionately favor menthol, which has been exempted from a ban on cigarette flavoring

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Today the Senate is likely to pass a bill allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco. A similar measure passed the House in April. The bill bans all kinds of flavored cigarettes except menthol, which are disproportionately smoked by African Americans. Representative Donna Christensen, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust, and Bill Robinson, Executive Director of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, join John and Farai with a look at how the bill may affect the health of African-Americans.


Rep. Donna M. Christensen and Bill Robinson

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