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Topic Title: Editorial: Up in smoke: Good riddance to flavored menthol cigarettes
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dingpatch

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But, then again, this is just another "racist" move by the "white" Government!!?? LOL LOL LOL

Editorial: Up in smoke: Good riddance to flavored menthol cigarettes

Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News
Wed, May 5, 2021, 8:07 AM

The Food and Drug Administration is set to ban the manufacture and sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, the only remaining flavored cigarette still legally allowed. To borrow from an unintentionally grim advertising tagline used by the leading menthol brand, the move makes us alive with pleasure.

The first reason is also the second, third and the last: Smoking is powerfully addictive, and it kills.

After the publication of a wealth of studies conclusively demonstrating the deadliness and addictiveness of the toxic carcinogens packed inside every box, after sweeping prohibitions on public smoking in New York and around the country, after years of increasing taxes on cigarettes, far fewer Americans smoke than did in the middle of the last century.

Yet the awful habit is still responsible for more than 480,000 American deaths per year, and immeasurable agony. That's in no small part because, when the FDA banned flavored cigarettes, the gateway cancer sticks for many young people, in 2009, it left a lethal asterisk carving out the flavor that happened to be most aggressively marketed to and popular among Black Americans. It did so despite the fact that Black Americans currently die at higher rates of tobacco-related illnesses like cancer and heart disease than others, and despite the fact that menthol flavoring helps draw in smokers at younger ages by masking the throat irritation regular cigarettes cause.

So cheer the Biden administration for actually taking this step, which neither the Trump administration nor the Obama administration was willing to enact. At this point, we'd like to blow a stiff puff of smoke in the face of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who lobbied against the "unjust" ban even though his National Action Network accepted money from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds. Boo.

The Biden administration estimates the ban, which must be strictly but sensitively enforced, will result in nearly a million people quitting smoking in the first 17 months after it's enacted, and could save 633,000 Americans' lives. That's the population of Memphis.
 05/05/2021 07:13 AM
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RustyTruck

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Smoking tobacco is terrible. But what is the rationale for banning a flavored tobacco and not all tobacco?

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 05/05/2021 07:26 AM
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tpapablo

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Blacks are the primary consumers of menthol cigarettes. They shoujld have voted for Trump. As it is, they will get bootlegs or switch over to regular cigarettes. Doubt it will cause even 100 people to give up smoking. That million people giving up smoking is utter BS.

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 05/05/2021 07:31 AM
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RustyTruck

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I used tobacco for a time when I was younger, and I liked menthol cigs, but then I was never very good at being white.

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 05/06/2021 05:54 AM
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RocketSurf

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Fiberglass embedded Kool 100's were my go to during my navy days........bleh. I say good riddance.
 05/06/2021 06:15 AM
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johnnyboy

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It was funny to watch Florida's republicans attempt to ban smoking weed after it was legalized because smoking was bad. Literally no appreciation for how long they have legally condoned tobacco.

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 05/07/2021 06:37 AM
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SlimyBritches

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Originally posted by: RustyTruck

I used tobacco for a time when I was younger, and I liked menthol cigs, but then I was never very good at being white.


Yeah, I had an oral fixation for a while too. Quitting was the hardest thing to do. I ended up quitting cigs the same as I quit Tequila. I smoked until I puked. I still gag when I'm around it.
 05/07/2021 06:49 AM
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RustyTruck

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Originally posted by: SlimyBritches

Originally posted by: RustyTruck



I used tobacco for a time when I was younger, and I liked menthol cigs, but then I was never very good at being white.




Yeah, I had an oral fixation for a while too. Quitting was the hardest thing to do. I ended up quitting cigs the same as I quit Tequila. I smoked until I puked. I still gag when I'm around it.


It's damn hard to quit. I strongly recommend nicotine replacement. Treat the behavior first, then the chemical addiction. The cherry lozenges worked best for me, then gradually reduce the dose.

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Edited: 05/07/2021 at 06:50 AM by RustyTruck
 05/07/2021 07:00 AM
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johnnyboy

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I quit drinking for months to quit smoking after law school. It's been decades but the paired association is so strong that even now if I have a glass of bourbon my immediate next thought is for a Marlboro light. That's how durable an addiction is.

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dingpatch

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Quit tobacco in 1982. I chewed 2 pieces of Bazooka Bubble Gum at the same time until I could care less about cigarettes.
 05/07/2021 07:45 AM
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Originally posted by: dingpatch Quit tobacco in 1982. .
Quit efFKay, and you may make it to 2040!

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