If the government knew in 1998 that menthol cigarettes were bad for Black people's health, why did they keep allowing them to be sold?
Menthols have taken a disproportionate toll on Black smokers.
Tobacco giant Altria is "feeding into the fears of Black folks" and "taking advantage of the climate of demand for social justice," said one civil rights activist.
Anti-smoking activists are using the increased attention on vaping to target menthol cigarettes, but some African Americans say menthol cigarette bans will lead to discrimination.
The restriction aims to prevent marketing tobacco to children.