President Joe Biden's administration has postponed a comprehensive effort to prohibit menthol cigarettes for the second time.
President Joe Biden's administration has postponed a comprehensive effort to prohibit menthol cigarettes for the second time.

Biden Administration Delays Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

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President Joe Biden’s administration has postponed a comprehensive plan to ban menthol cigarettes for the second time, eliciting mixed reactions. 

While anti-smoking advocates express frustration, the decision may alleviate concerns among Black voters ahead of the upcoming elections.

Delay and Rationale: 

Health and Human Service Secretary Xavier Becerra declared the delay, citing the need for further discussions and consideration of feedback, including input from civil rights groups. 

No specific timeline for issuing the rule was provided, indicating prolonged deliberation.

White House Engagement: 

The administration has engaged in numerous meetings with various stakeholders, including civil rights organizers, law enforcement officials, and small business owners, who oppose the ban. 

These discussions have influenced the decision-making process.

FDA’s Persistent Efforts: 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been advocating for the ban on menthol cigarettes for over a decade, aiming to reduce smoking-related deaths. Despite drafting the ban, the FDA has faced obstacles, including industry resistance and shifting political priorities.

Both Democratic and Republican administrations have grappled with the menthol ban issue, considering its potential impact on Black voters’ support. 

Menthol cigarettes are disproportionately preferred by Black smokers, posing challenges in regulatory decisions.

Public Health Concerns: 

Anti-smoking advocates have long urged the FDA to eliminate menthol cigarettes, highlighting its role in facilitating smoking initiation and hindering cessation efforts. 

Menthol’s appeal among teenagers and its masking effect on cigarette harshness underscore the urgency of regulatory action.

Jean Martin

Jean Martin, a seasoned Correspondent Author at USA Guardian Magazine, specializes in transforming complex subjects into engaging narratives. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to truth, her work spans politics, culture, and technology, enriching the magazine's diverse content. Jean's reporting not only informs but also inspires readers, showcasing her belief in journalism's power to drive change.

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