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Black groups drag FDA into lawsuit over Newport, Kool and other menthol cigs

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

Seven out of 10 African American youth between ages 12 and 17 who smoke use menthol cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

And a higher percentage of Black adults who smoke began using menthol cigarettes (93%) — that’s more than two times higher than the number of White adults who did the same (44%), according to the CDC.

The two top-selling mentholated cigarette brands in the United States are Newport and Kool. 

Anti-Tobacco advocates say these numbers are alarming. So, two of the nation’s top o