Obama’s FDA could ban Newports & other menthol jacks
Although President Obama has publicly acknowledged he smokes jacks and Press Secretary Gibbs has said President Obama’s fallen “off the wagon“, the US Drug and Food Administration is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes. Whether it be Newports, Kools, or the never realized Uptowns, menthol cigarettes are predominantly the choice of black americans. A little more than 1/4 of all US smokers smoke menthols, but more than 3/4 of menthol smokers are black americans.
The Syndicate has fond memories of smoking Newports at Clyde’s on 7th St. NW before the cigarette ban. In the same spirit of former City Council member Carol Schwartz, who made an effort to ban alcohol from bars, we fear the day when the government makes Newports illegal. The slippery slope is real and in full effect as it increasingly goes vertical.
If the FDA does ban menthols all they will be doing is strengthening the already thriving underground economy for cigarettes. The government says weed and other drugs are illegal too, right? Last time The Syndicate walked the city streets we smelled evidence that smoking weed is a popular recreational activity.
On June 22, 2009 President Obama signed a law giving the FDA authority to regulate the tobacco industry. Change came and it will continue coming. Whether menthols are banned or not, the death stamp of skull & bones is coming to the pack in your pocket soon. Get ready for the change we voted for.