Menthol Madness: Why Ban Blacks' Preferred Cigarette?

Banning menthol cigarettes, which 80 percent of African-American smokers prefer, won't make folks quit.

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Banning Newports or other mentholated brands isn't the answer, not unless all cigarettes are banned. Education and enforcement of underage smoking laws is the best bet. Other efforts to reduce cigarette use should be applied evenly across the board, with the full realization that many smokers will continue to satisfy their habit -- with or without government approval.

Deron Snyder is a regular contributor to The Root. He can be reached at deron@blackdoorventures.com.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, previously serving as a columnist, editorial writer and reporter with several Gannett publications. His sports column appears in the Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter.

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