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FDA considers ban on menthol cigarettes

David Cato looked at his pack of cigarettes and the one smoke left in it.

It was early in the morning. He hadn’t eaten breakfast yet. And, in his months-long attempt to break a 40-year habit, he was at his daily crossroad — whether to buy another pack or resist the urge.

“My radiator hose went out on my car, so that might help me,” said Cato, an Atlanta-based concert promoter. “But I can still just walk to the store.”

For millions of smokers trying to quit, it can be an hour-by-hour, day-by-day struggle. Public health experts say that struggle is even harder when it involves menthol cigarettes. The minty-flavored cigarettes are heavily marketed, easier to get hooked on and disproportionately harm Black Americans.

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