PODCAST: Backers of menthol cigarette ban cite health benefits for black Ohioans

(PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE) – The Food and Drug Administration could soon ban the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes, a move advocates in Ohio said could have a positive impact on health, particularly in Black communities. 

Yvonka Hall, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, explained menthol tobacco products have a cool, smooth taste, making them more appealing and easier to use, especially among new tobacco users. 

She added they also have a mild anesthetic effect which suppresses coughing. 

“Normally when you are taking something into your lungs that should not be there, your body rejects it by coughing,” Hall explained.

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