Federal officials reviewing new plan from FDA to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars
The White House is reviewing a plan from the Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Scientists say menthol makes smoking addictive and appealing to young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than half of kids who smoke use menthol-based products.
The American Lung Association is hailing the proposal. Experts predict the tobacco industry will fight the ban in court if it receives final approval.
One study suggests that a ban could save more than half a million lives in 40 years.