It’s no coincidence that Big Tobacco is popping up more in low-income and African American neighborhoods. They’ve targeted these groups (among others) for decades, and back in the day, even handed out free menthol cigarettes to young people in housing projects. To this day, menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit.
Menthol cigarettes, which are mint-flavored, are also the only flavored cigarettes on the market. Which is a HUGE problem, because every other flavored cigarette was banned after people realized that flavors were super attractive to young, first-time smokers. In fact, 81% of teenagers who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product.
It’s seriously time this flavored product joined the rest of its friends. Menthol cigarettes should be banned just like every other flavored cigarette.