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Sun Apr 24, 2022, 07:29 AM

Lobbyists try to stop menthol cigarette ban

As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales.

Biden administration officials have heard from tobacco lobbyists, anti-smoking advocates, civil rights groups, small business owners, and conservative think tanks. The lobbying push underscores the far-reaching impacts of banning menthol, which accounts for over one-third of the U.S. cigarette market.

The White House concluded its review of the Food and Drug Administrationís proposal Thursday after nearly 40 virtual meetings with outside groups, according to a government website. The FDA has pledged to lay out a detailed proposal for phasing out the flavor by monthís end, meaning an official announcement could come next week.

Meeting materials posted online show nearly all the groups opposing the ban have financial ties to tobacco companies, including businesses that sell cigarettes and nonprofit groups that receive charitable contributions.


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Sun Apr 24, 2022, 08:52 AM

1. People should know who these lobbyists are, as I feel sunlight

is the best disinfection.

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Sun Apr 24, 2022, 09:00 AM

2. Not a good look for Al Sharpton. n/t

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