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Cigarette Bill Gives Menthols a Pass

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Cigarette Bill Gives Menthols a Pass

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Cigarette Bill Gives Menthols a Pass

Cigarette Bill Gives Menthols a Pass

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New legislation in Congress would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to oversee tobacco products. It would also ban most flavored cigarettes, but menthol cigarettes would stay on the market.

Some health experts say that plan could leave black Americans at risk.

For more, Farai Chideya speaks with Bill Robinson, Executive Director of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, and John McWhorter, Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Manhattan Institute.