The U.S. government and the Food and Drug Administration revealed plans to put a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars.
According to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, the ban would help reduce diseases relating to smoking and cut down on younger people starting the habit.
Menthol makes up about one-third of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and has been shown to cover the harshness of smoking with its cooling effect.
Along with menthol, the FDA will also seek to ban sweet and fruity flavors used in tobacco products.
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