Cigarettes kill, but menthol isn’t the culprit. Nevertheless the Food and Drug Administration is moving toward regulating, maybe even banning, menthol in cigarettes, while leaving cigarettes without the minty, cool additive available for public consumption. That makes no sense.
OK, it makes a little sense. Just not enough to justify banning menthol smokes.
More than 440,000 people in the United States die every year due to tobacco use, according to the FDA, which nailed tobacco as the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease. But the agency found no evidence that menthol cigarettes are more toxic than non-menthol brands, or pose a heightened risk of disease for smokers.