Fake Native American Sen. Elizabeth Warren has joined other Democrat senators in calling for a ban of menthol cigarettes because they are racist.
Warren added her name to the effort led by fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey and joined by Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, the senators argued that African-Americans have the highest mortality rate of all ethnic groups due to smoking related diseases, and Menthol cigarettes pose a greater risk.
The letter, signed by the senators, cited a 2011 study done by the FDA that showed “menthol cigarettes pose a public health risk above that seen with non-menthol cigarettes.”
They argued that this effect is greatest in the African American community because it is a target market.
“The tobacco industry has a long history of targeting menthol cigarettes to African-Americans and in particular African-American youth through strategic marketing and promotional materials,” the letter read.
“These actions have resulted in significant health disparities in communities of color,” it said.
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