(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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