<Washington D.C.> The Federal Drug Agency is close to regulating the amount of menthol that is inserted into cigarettes sold predominately in low income ethnic areas of this country. The share of the cigarette market has grown among African Americans and Mexicans starting in the 1960’s. This coincides with the before mentioned groups becoming more of an “Upward” looking faction of American Society.
There’s no denying that the link between the popularity of menthol cigarettes and violence in the ghetto areas of this country is more than causal. It’s suggested that black on black violence would lower by as much as 40% if menthol was banned in cigarettes. Just look at Brazil.
The ruling of the FDA is expected to be less than a total ban. Two former executive branch secretaries, Joseph Califano Jr., and Louis Sullivan from the Carter and Bush 41 administrations respectively, have proposed menthol bans. (https://tinyurl.com/klclmgo)
The fresh and cool sensation that a smoke brand like Newport or Kool provides to ethnic Americans allows for a more forceful and deeper inhalation which adds to the drug’s increased impairment of blood reception in the brain. Studies have shown that with the diminished brain activity from menthol produced smoke in conjunction with the natural cognitive and social impairments that are already present in these groups is a leading cause of diminished brain activity that is required of human beings to make rational decisions in their lives. The rise in violence is a result of this diminished brain activity.
Admittedly, it’s not quite a scientific certainty that a ban on menthol would clean up the streets in our nation’s more economically depressed areas and doing so would almost certainly provide for a black market of the drug but it stands to reason that a ban would be initially helpful. Many church and social groups would agree with this assessment.
Read a USDH&HS Study on this issue: click here