Menthol cigarettes and flavoured cigars are being banned by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The US FDA proposed a long-awaited ban on menthol cigarettes and flavoured cigars on Thursday.

This is a significant triumph for anti-smoking activists, but it may have a negative impact on cigarette company sales.

The idea, which comes a year after the EPA unveiled its plan, is still in the works and might take years to implement due to strong opposition from the cigarette industry.

"The proposed guidelines will help adults quit smoking and prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers," stated the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Menthol cigarettes account for more than 1/3rd of the industry's overall market share in the United States, despite being prohibited in numerous states, 

In 2019, there were more than 18.5 million menthol cigarette users in the United States, with teenagers having the highest rates of consumption.

From May 5 until July 5, the public can submit comments on the regulation to the FDA.

After considering them, it will determine whether to give a final decision.

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