President Joe Biden is set to ban menthol cigarettes next week despite concerns by some that it could be perceived as a racially motivated act.
The ACLU said that the act would have “serious racial justice implications” because people of color prefer menthol cigarettes.
“Banning menthol cigarettes risks massive setbacks to our criminal justice system at precisely the moment we should be advancing reform,” a letter by the ACLU read.
American Medical had a different take, however. President Susan R. Bailey supported the ban and said that tobacco companies are “preying especially on African American youth.”
Biden may also require nicotine levels in all cigarettes to be lowered, sources said.
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