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Report: FDA Preparing to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: In this photo illustration, packs of menthol cigarettes sits on a table, November 15, 2018 in New York City. The U.S.Food and Drug Administration is proposing a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Menthol cigarettes make up 35 percent of U.S. cigarette sales. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to impose restrictions that will lead to the ban of menthol cigarettes in the United States, sources tell NBC News.

The move is expected to come before a court-ordered Thursday deadline to respond to a petition that urges the agency to make menthol smokes illegal. The court order is the result of a lawsuit filed last year by the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.

More than 85 percent of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, research indicates.

Is it right to ban one type of cigarette and not the other?

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