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Drafts of a few chapters posted online recently provide a preview of the panel's report: While there is insufficient evidence to conclude that menthol smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with tobacco-caused diseases than non-menthol smokers, "the evidence is sufficient to conclude that it is biological(ly) plausible that menthol makes cigarette smoking more addictive."
Meanwhile, John Payton, president of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, has been vocal in his support of a ban. Lorillard's argument that smokers should have the right to choose menthol "is so hypocritical it's unbelievable," Payton says. "Addiction is the absolute opposite of choice."
Originally posted by StigShen
reply to post by Gnarly
You're sad because your family member only got to live to be 80?
Second hand smoke from cigarettes is less harmful than sitting in traffic. If you're that worried about it you better get an oxygen mask.
Originally posted by NANAinINDIANA
I am a white female menthol smoker and wasn't aware that menthol cigarettes are a racial issue! What a shame. I will be absolutely devastated if they do away with menthol because I have tried to go non-menthol but I just can't handle the taste. I don't think quitting is an option for me--I have tried many times--but after smoking for over 40 years I am not sure it would do any good at this point anyway!
I have to agree that if they are going to ban menthol then they should ban them all. I'm really kinda surprised they haven't already--after all they could solve 2 problems at once. First, all the non smokers would quit whining about second-hand smoke and could go anywhere they wanted, and secondly they could reduce a big portion of the population all at once as all us smokers go into withdrawal and start wiping out everyone who pisses us off. And as all you smokers who have tried to quit know it doesn't take much to push your buttons!