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Menthol Cigarette Ban: At Least This Time, Biden's Racism Won't Put His Victims in Cages

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The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reports that the Biden administration is poised to propose a ban on menthol cigarettes. The reason? Well, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 85 percent of black smokers choose the flavored cigarettes over "plain" tobacco, versus 29 percent of white smokers.

In the fantasy world that Joe Biden (and the anti-tobacco crusaders and fake civil rights advocates who have his ear) live in, a menthol cigarette ban will "protect" the black community from the effects of "aggressive marketing" by the tobacco industry, whether that community really wants to be "protected" or not.

In the real world, what Biden and company are saying is that black Americans are too stupid to make the "right" choices on their own and that government must therefore make those choices for them.

There's a word for that kind of attitude toward people based on skin color. The word is "racism."

Not that Biden's racism has ever been a secret. In 1986, he led the legislative fight to punish black cocaine users (who, on average, preferred their cocaine in "rock," or "crack" form) more harshly than white cocaine users (who, on average, preferred their coke in powder form).

Oh, he apologized, sixteen years later, saying he'd made a "profound mistake." But he obviously neither learned from that mistake nor reconsidered his racist attitudes. By 2020 he was claiming the expertise to evaluate the "blackness" of voters based on their choice of presidential candidate.

In addition to believing that black Americans are too stupid to be allowed to make their own choices on smoking, Biden apparently also believes they're too stupid to figure out that they can "season" plain tobacco cigarettes with menthol flavoring from crushable capsules or eye-droppers.

A federal ban on menthol cigarettes will be even less effective as a way of reducing tobacco use among black Americans than higher mandatory minimum sentences were as a way of reducing drug use among black Americans.

If there's an up side to Biden's continuing racism, it's that he's gone from harshly punitive to annoyingly paternalistic. Instead of throwing black Americans in prison cells for endless years to punish them for their choices, he just wants to inflict endless minutes of inconvenience on them in the name of "helping" them.

As a menthol smoker myself, I have to hope that "cancel culture" swings into action and de-platforms Biden over this racist silliness.

 

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Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


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Just to be fair I feel the need to point out that some black leaders have also called for a ban on menthol cigarettes siting the same concerns as Biden. Yes it is still paternalism but is it fair to say it is evidence of racism?

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It's fair to say that neither all people of color nor all organizations claiming to represent people of color agree that a ban on menthol cigarettes is racist. But a number of prominent civil rights organizations, racially focused and otherwise, agree with me. That includes the ACLU and Al Sharpton's National Action Network. Another op-ed writer, David Daniels -- who happens to be a black former cop -- calls it "the new saggy pants ban."

If the premise is racist, it's racist regardless of who says it. And when it's a white president saying it to justify a law intended to control the actions of people of color "for their own good," implying they're too stupid to make such decisions for themselves, that's pretty much racist by definition.

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Make American Marijuana Again. Yo, MAMA!

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Nothing's being said about any dangers from inhaling menthol smoke. But then nothing's being said or done about cigs that are wrapped in legal dioxin-delivering chlorine-bleached paper, and contaminated with all sorts of pesticide residues and radiation from some fertilizers...not to mention cigs made in US Patented ways from all sorts of non-tobacco materials.

How can "tobacco taxes" be applied to cigs that may be made entirely with peanut shells, corncobs, carbon-filled paper...and on and on...with zero tobacco...?

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Well, at this point they're defining a "tobacco product" as anything that contains nicotine, even if the nicotine isn't derived from tobacco -- "e-cigarette juice," for example.

I read today that another feature of the upcoming "menthol cigarette" ban will be a requirement that ALL cigarettes have reduced nicotine content. Which means that smokers will be smoking more cigarettes, and getting more of the carcinogens in cigarettes. Nicotine itself doesn't cause cancer (it does have negative health effects -- it's a vasoconstrictor and therefore tends to increase blood pressure, for example -- but being carcinogenic isn't one of them).

Just to be clear, smoking is a poor choice to make. I've been smoking most of the time for nearly 40 years now. I quit for six months last year, then fell back into the habit when I traveled to my mother's funeral and hung out with a bunch of smokers (she wasn't one of them and cancer didn't get her, COVID-19 did). Maybe I'll quit again. Maybe I won't. There are lots of bad choices people can make other than smoking, but I figure they are our choices to make.

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Yes..."Lite" cigs lead to more smoking. Legal though.

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