Stein said the ban would benefit public health, decrease youth smoking and help mitigate harm to communities of color.
"Menthol cigarettes are designed to be easier to smoke," said Attorney General Josh Stein. "That means they make it easier to get hooked. What's more, they're marketed in ways that disproportionately harm young people and people of color. I urge the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes and help us prevent another generation of North Carolinians from become addicted to nicotine and suffering the consequences in years to come."