Mayor pushes for ban on menthol cigarettes

September 26, 2013 7:47:12 AM PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wants Washington to help stop young people from getting hooked on menthol cigarettes.

Emanuel wants government action, even if it means a complete ban on the sale of menthol brands nationwide.

Research finds that menthol cigarettes are used by tobacco companies to entice new smokers because the smell and sensation encourage addiction.

Urban, minority kids are especially vulnerable. Those who start smoking before 18 are 75 percent more likely to continue the habit as adults.


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