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Menthol is an issue of particular concern for communities of color. An estimated 86% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, compared with 46% of Hispanic smokers, 39% of Asian smokers, and 29% of White smokers, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Menthol reduces the irritation that smoking causes, making it easier to start the habit and harder to quit. The matter is seen as more urgent than ever because Covid-19 is affecting the Black population especially hard, in part because of their higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease—all conditions correlated to tobacco use.