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FDA to propose ban on menthol cigarettes: Report

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WSIL -- The Food and Drug Administration plans to crack down on menthol cigarettes.

According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration officials said the agency plans to propose a ban on menthol cigarettes as a part of its campaign against flavored e-cigarettes and some tobacco products.

According to the FDA, menthol cigarettes are harder to quit and have even greater health risks than regular cigarettes.

If the ban goes through, it would be a win for public health advocates who say a large number of African Americans have become addicted to menthol cigarettes.

Health advocates said the products were "marketed heavily" to African Americans.

If approved, the ban would take several years to go into effect. Canada has already imposed a similar ban and the European Union's ban is set to go into effect in 2020.

It is one of the many initiatives the FDA plans to announce against the tobacco industry next week.

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