Tobacco industry enlists Black activists to fight menthol, vaping bans

Tobacco companies woo Black and LGBTQ+ allies to loosen vaping regulations and fight Biden administration plan to ban menthol cigarettes

In 2022, Earl Fowlkes, a Black gay activist, denounced tobacco companies for marketing e-cigarettes to his communityas the latest way to hook people on nicotine.

A year laterhe declared that vaping saves Black and LGBTQ+ lives…

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