Harvard Chan Perspectives: Why a national ban on menthol cigarettes is the right choice

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Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent announcement that it will take steps to ban menthol cigarettes, FXB Center Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett was interviewed for a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health article.

In the article, Bassett — a former smoker herself — describes how the tobacco industry intentionally marketed menthol cigarettes to the Black community, resulting in 45,000 deaths a year. Bassett shared her hope that the FDA moves swiftly to put a ban in place.

To read the full article, click here.

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