Menthol Cigarettes to Stay Legal as Cops Bust Illegal Cigs in Brooklyn


When police in Brooklyn pulled a 29-year-old driver over for not signaling while making a turn, what was supposed to be a routine inspection turned into a $60,000 bust of illegal cigarettes. The cigarettes had a street value of $40,000 and were unstamped. The New York Post reports that the man had “337 cartons” in his car and that the cigarettes were “mostly Newports.” Unlucky break, but it could be worse.

In this week’s smoking news, the FDA has decided that the “removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States” — but does not plan to actually ban them. According to USA Today stats, menthols “are preferred by about 30% of smokers overall and 80% of African-American smokers.” Interestingly, “minty menthol has been the only cigarette flavor on the market since Congress gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco products in 2009.”

Only flavored cigarettes? But what happened to candy cigarettes!?

Sorry, those were banned a year ago.

Well, even if our beloved delicious menthols do end up getting banned, we’re sure some crazy person in Brooklyn will just grow some.