Cigarettes

The federal government's movement to ban menthol cigarettes is gaining momentum with a new proposed rule to deter their consumption along with other flavored tobacco products that statistics show are preferred by Black smokers.

A college student almost died last week when his e-cigarette blew up in his face, leaving him with severe burns and a broken neck.

NEW YORK — Five New York police officers were arrested for selling illegal cigarettes, guns and counterfeit goods. The arrest happened in a sting at the Brooklyn 68th precinct. Related: Black Travel: Visit The Shrine In Chicago The New York Daily News reports: The informant and undercover agents working with him hired various members of […]

RICHMOND, Va. – In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Among the images to appear on cigarette packs are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and […]

NEW YORK-While many sectors of the economy have not recovered from the recession, “loosies” or Black market single sold cigarettes are providing income for a lot of people in New York City. The New York Times reports: “The tax went up, and we started selling 10 times as much,” Mr. Warner said. “Bloomberg thinks he’s […]

RICHMOND, Va. – Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs are among the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels that would take up half of each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States. Whether smokers addicted to nicotine will see them as a reason to quit remains a question. The images […]

The NAACP is lobbying the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes, of which Newport is the most popular brand. Newport cigarettes are popular in many African American communities. 80% of African American smokers favor mentholated cigarettes vs, 22% of whites. The L.A. Times writes: On Monday, the debate among African American organizations burst into the open […]

A new study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlights how teenage Black girls are leading the way in smoking cessation. The study, which was published earlier this month, focuses on the overall decline in teen smoking since 1991. But since 2003,  amongst different ethnic and racial groups of both genders, African-American […]

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is launching a campaign to defend menthol cigarettes amid a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel’s review of the minty smokes.