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Police Admit Menthol Cigarette Ban Will Inevitably Lead to More Racial Profiling

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and vapes, Menthol Is Not A Crime has discovered the multitude of reasons why law enforcement overwhelmingly opposes the ban.The ban will ".. give birth to yet another very profitable illicit market." In 2020 of the $203 billion cigarettes sold, 37% were menthol. "...Transitioning from a regulated market to an illicit one will lead to about $30 billion of an illicit market," said Major Neill Franklin, former Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP).If the FDA bans menthol cigarettes this will "create crime," and you will get "homemade menthol cigarettes," said retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agent John Rotunno.Charles Giblin from the Center for the Advancement of Public Safety and Security stated, "Despite the good intentionsa?¦ The ban will have unintended consequences. Cross border smuggling will fill the gap of the prohibition."Others highlighted the racist implications of the ban since more than 80% of African Americans who smoke prefer menthol cigarettes.
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