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Friday, April 30, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars, a move that was long awaited by scores of public-health groups.

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Start by banning them in prison and in the military and see how that works out.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-29 09:39 PM | Reply

It's like more people die of obesity form chocolate ice-cream because their preferred ice-cream flavor is chocolate, not vanilla.

I heard they want to reduce the nicotine content of tobacco, too. So you have to smoke more. Or get it smuggled in from Mexico tax free.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-04-30 05:08 AM | Reply

If they cared they would ban ALL cigarettes. Another racist "targeted" law.

Next: Newly discovered evidence of harmful chemicals in Crown Royal and Hennesy.

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-04-30 07:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Which is racist?

Targeting a poison towards a specific racial demographic by adding something to that poison that helps broaden acceptance and use of that poison for that demographic, or

Banning the additive so all tobacco products are the same for all people, making the taste and choice to use them the same to all people?

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2021-04-30 07:44 AM | Reply

What tha ----?!? Inner city violence will skyrocket!!

--Wisgod

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-04-30 08:03 AM | Reply

They've tried prohibition before, all it did was open up a black market for the mafia.

We'll never learn.

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-04-30 08:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Now, I'd get behind banning Newports. Those are easily the harshest cigarettes I've ever smoked. Back when you could buy cigarettes from a vending machine in bars, the only pack left was Newports, so I bit the bullet and pulled the knob. Jesus H were those mofos rough.

#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-04-30 08:06 AM | Reply

I don't ever think I've smoked a KOoL, but I started off at 16 smoking Marlboro Menthol Light 100s for $1.25/pack.

I quit 30 years ago and haven't looked back since, save for the odd top-shelf cigar once a year. CAO and Aging Room Quattro are my favorite brands.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-04-30 08:08 AM | Reply

#7 | Posted by madscientist

Wisgod, after some racist remark, might have added, "Newports didn't sell because you can't open them on the bottom like Kools."

He must be bitching like hell that he got scorched black.

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-30 08:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4 | POSTED BY YAV AT 2021-04-30 07:44 AM | FLAG:

It's classic institutional racism. Banning something "for everybody", but it really just targets a minority. It's like a War on Guns. Those don't effect white people, but it has added a few million years of prison time for young black men.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-30 08:28 AM | Reply

Who will be the first Blackman killed for indulging in "illegal" cigarettes?

#11 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-04-30 08:48 AM | Reply

Yeah, black people want equal opportunity lung cancer.

/s

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-04-30 10:15 AM | Reply

#11 Come to think of it, that ship has already sailed.

#13 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-04-30 10:17 AM | Reply

"It's classic institutional racism."

Link?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-30 10:41 AM | Reply

"Who will be the first Blackman killed for indulging in "illegal" cigarettes?"

Eric Garner

#15 | Posted by qcp at 2021-04-30 10:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Libs want to ban menthol cigarettes but legalize marijuana and in some cases, heroin. You just cant make this ---- up.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-30 02:09 PM | Reply

Libs want to ban menthol cigarettes but legalize marijuana and in some cases, heroin. You just cant make this ---- up.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355

Cigarettes cause more individual health damage than pot or heroin.Its the crap drugs are cut with that cause damage to heroin users as well as law enforcement boot stomping a medical problem..

#17 | Posted by Scotty at 2021-04-30 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Menthol cigarettes are equally as dangerous as regular cigarettes. What is offensive is how the tobacco corporations for over 50 years now have targeted African Americans in their menthol cigarette advertising campaigns.

#18 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-04-30 03:08 PM | Reply

And targeted white people with the Marlboro Man. So what. We are all individuals and can make the decisions for ourselves. Screw the nanny state. And if you want a stat, the life expectancy of a heroin addict is 3 year. And per Obama, using heroin (or any illicit drugs) IS supporting terrorism.

#19 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2021-04-30 03:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I thought the Marlboro Man was mostly aimed at macho rightwing homosexuals in denial. Am I wrong?

#20 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-04-30 03:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

More prohibition in the land of the free.

Why is menthol so bad but kids vaping oils that taste like bubblegum are fantastic?

I quit 10 years ago but I strongly disagree with prohibition.

Watch the right use this to tell black people they will bring back menthols and take back the house and senate...dumb move.

#21 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-04-30 07:45 PM | Reply

Watch the right use this to tell black people they will bring back menthols and take back the house and senate...dumb move.

#21 | Posted by 503jc69

That's exactly what will happen. They'll attempt it at least.

"Hey we're only taking away your voting rights. Dems are taking away your cigarettes! That's way worse!"

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-30 07:58 PM | Reply

A couple years ago, Police killed a person for selling individual cigarettes. Biden is giving the police the authority to kil consumers who prefer menthol cigarettes. I guess Biden doesn't believe Black Lives Matter

#23 | Posted by BusinessOwner at 2021-04-30 09:49 PM | Reply

#23 | POSTED BY BUSINESSOWNER

Welcome, old poster with new username!

#24 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-04-30 10:00 PM | Reply

I thought the Marlboro Man was mostly aimed at macho rightwing homosexuals in denial. Am I wrong?

#20 | POSTED BY MODER8 AT 2021-04-30 03:20 PM | FLAG:

No more than a guy named Marion renaming himself Wayne to have a movie career.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-01 08:46 AM | Reply

Flavored cigarettes were banned 20 years ago but Menthol cigarettes were exempted. All they've done here is remove that exemption for Menthol and removed the exemption for all flavored cigars.
This is not a big thing and is long overdue. Any product that induces people to kill themselves should not be out there.

#26 | Posted by prius04 at 2021-05-01 10:30 AM | Reply

Back when I smoked, I liked to drop into the tobacconist and buy a pack of Kratom anise-flavored cigs. But, alas, that avenue of pleasure has been taken away like a carousel ride that broke down and went flying through the county fair leaving nothing but a circle of destruction in its wake.

#27 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-01 11:02 AM | Reply

This never would've happened during Obama's watch.

#28 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-05-01 02:18 PM | Reply

This never would've happened during Obama's watch.

#28 | POSTED BY LEE_THE_AGENT AT 2021-05-01 02:18 PM | REPLY | FLAG

OF course not, he smoked Newports opened on the bottom of the pack.

#29 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-05-01 09:26 PM | Reply

#27 | Posted by madscientist

George Washington said that he preferred the flavor of Turkish pot. Give that a shot. Illegal pot is actually cheaper than some pipe tobacco now thanks to sin taxes.

#30 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-02 01:57 PM | Reply

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