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NPR: Should Menthol Cigarettes Be Banned?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is debating a ban on menthol cigarettes as their slightly minty taste can cover up tobacco's harshness. That touched off a firestorm of debate within the African-American community. About 80 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes compared with 22 percent of white smokers. The civil rights group Congress of Racial Equality says a ban would be unfair, but the NAACP disagrees. Host Michel Martin speaks with John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Deron Snyder who has written about this issue.

Listen to Mr. Payton's interview here.