FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The US Food and Drug Administration proposed on Thursday a rule to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

 FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told a Senate subcommittee.

This is another important move forward in the agency's efforts to combat youth tobacco use and promote health equity."

This landmark proposal could have a big impact on public health, experts said.

The law also required the FDA to conduct and fund research on menthol.

About 18.6 million people smoke menthols in the United States

About 30% of White smokers choose menthols, but they are the cigarette of choice for nearly 85% of smokers who are Black.

Califf said this is something the agency will address more in the future.