Menthol Cigarettes Are Popular With African Americans
Apparently. Once while discussing the perception that African Americans tend to smoke menthol cigarettes, my esteemed friend and favorite rock star Dave Armone told me that that was, in fact, a myth. Bowing to his far superior knowledge, I have continued to believe to this day that the ‘blacks like menthols’ meme was a pervasive, somewhat ambiguous racial stereotype.
Then I read this article in the NY Times about The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network protesting a bill banning flavored cigarettes that explicitly excludes menthols, because, according to the article, 75% of African American smokers prefer menthol, and menthol accounts for 25% of cigarettes sold.