Biden administration expected to delay controversial menthol cigarette ban

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President Joe Biden’s controversial ban on menthol cigarettes and other flavored cigars will likely be delayed until at least the spring.

The administration is slated to announce the delay on Wednesday, sources told the Washington Post on Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget was in the process of finalizing the rule, which had been slated to be finalized earlier in the fall, but political pressure has led to a second delay.

The measure, ostensibly billed as a public health initiative, was vehemently opposed by drug policy experts, black law enforcement officials, black community leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Multiple experts previously told the Washington Examiner that despite the proclaimed health focus, the new regulations will have unintended, discriminatory impacts on black people and other communities of color.

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