The FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes is based on faulty claims

In Politics by Michael Rae

The war on smokers is hurtling toward one of its logical conclusions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a plan to ban menthol cigarettes. But, the move raises a variety of public policy questions. For example, with menthol cigarettes accounting for only around one-third of U.S. cigarette sales, why is the FDA banning menthol products while leaving most of the rest of the cigarette market untouched? And what consequences could follow such a prohibition of menthol products?

The FDA makes three claims as to why menthol is uniquely dangerous. First, FDA contends menthols are especially attractive to kids. Second,