The Biden administration is receiving strong opposition from critics who say the ban on menthol cigarettes is a “brazen overreach” of the government. Here’s the whole story.
Prohibiting the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes
In April 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Help Adults Quit and Prevent Children From Starting
They said their reasoning was “to help adult smokers quit” and “to prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers.”
Approved and Issued
The final draft of the rules was recently submitted to the White House for review, which is the last step before they are approved and issued.
FDA Received Authority to Regulate Tobacco Products
In 2009, The Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products.
Powerful Tool for the FDA
The FDA Commissioner, Robert Califf, released a statement, saying, “The authority to adopt tobacco product standards is one of the most powerful tools Congress gave the FDA.”
Increasing the Chances of Smokers Quitting
Califf claims that the “actions [they] are proposing can help significantly reduce youth initiation and increase the chances that current smokers quit.”
Menthol Is Addictive
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Menthol enhances the effects of nicotine on the brain and can make tobacco products even more addictive.”
The menthol in cigarettes creates a cooling sensation in the throat, which makes it easier to inhale the smoke because it feels less harsh.
One person who commented on the story online said that the “proposed ban on menthol cigarettes” is a “brazen overreach.” This person said, “Congress might have the power to legislate such a ban,” but the FDA should not.
Supposed to Be a Free Country
Another person was upset about the proposed menthol ban because he said America is “supposed to be a free country.”
Do What You Want
This man said he “supports” other people’s right to “smoke, drink, and generally do anything [they] want to do as long as it doesn’t affect others in a negative way.”
Not the Government’s Business
This person said, “It’s not the government’s business to tell you how to live.”
It’s My Choice
Someone else online said the menthol cigarette ban was “just another attempt to take away our rights and freedoms inch by inch.” This person said that if he wanted to smoke, “that’s [his] choice.”
Biden Should Be More Concerned With the Border
Chris Ager is a Republican Party chair from New Hampshire and he thinks the Biden administration should be “more concerned with fixing the border than banning flavored tobacco products.”
Leave Us Alone
Ager said, “Leave us alone. States and individuals are more competent to decide what we want to do than the Biden administration.”
A Rule Won’t Stop People
American civil rights activist, Al Sharpton, said that “people are not going to stop smoking Newports and Kohl’s because of a rule.”
Black Market Menthol
Sharpton said if the menthol ban goes into effect, people will turn to getting these products from “the street in the black market.”
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