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Pushback in NY over plan to ban menthol cigarettes

Menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products are displayed at a store in San Francisco in 2018.
Jeff Chiu
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AP
Menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products are displayed at a store in San Francisco in 2018.

There's pushback in New York against a federal plan to ban menthol cigarettes.

The Biden Administration is reviewing a new plan from the FDA that bans menthol cigarettes which are more addictive. Gwenn Carr, the mother of Eric Garner who died while being put under arrest for selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island says a ban will create more confrontations between police and communities of color.

"The police will come into enforce the legal ban and will come in with some other issue."

She joined officials with the National Action Network and business leaders to speak out against the ban. The FDA says it will not enforce against individual consumers for possession but the ban will rather address manufacturers and distributors. There's numerous members of the Congressional Black Caucus supporting the ban.