Biden Administration’s Menthol Ban Likely To Boost Regular Cigarette Smoking

Newport, a Lorillard brand, cigarettes is arranged for a photo Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Philadelphia. Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies, the companies announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Our partner Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, just published this column on the menthol ban that revealed some stunning facts:

  • A Yale School of Public Health study partly funded by the FDA found that banning menthol e-cigarettes increased the sale of regular cigarettes and that 71 percent of the increased cigarette sales were non-menthol, “suggesting that restrictions on menthol cigarettes would not substantially reduce sales.”
  • Concerned the ban “would simply create a black market for these products,” Congressional investigators cited real world state experiments: After California’s 2022 ban, “a study found that roughly one in five cigarettes smoked were menthols even six months later, of which 27.6 percent were imported.” Clearly, illicit smugglers (read: China and Mexican drug cartels) will fill the void created by a ban.