MENTHOL: THE ORIGINAL FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCT

Now is the time to shed a light on menthol, the “original flavored” product the Tobacco Industry has used for a century to make smoking easier to start and harder to quit.  10 years ago, menthol cigarettes were exempted from the Tobacco Control Act, which banned all other flavored cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes were originally developed for and promoted to women, now they’ve shifted their focus to the African American community, LBGTQ and low-income individuals.  Menthol cigarettes are even worse than regular cigarettes because menthol makes it easier for smokers to inhale more deeply and allows for harmful particles to settle deeper inside the lungs.

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