"Actually the whole world basically banned menthols, this isn't about national policy in the US" is not a defense I expected to see

Lots of people crediting the banning of menthol and flavored tobacco products with reduced smoking rates in some areas omit what was, IIRC, a global (and in the US, among others, national) downward trend in smoking by any age group and the rise of vaping (helped me quit tobacco)

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There are so many factors at play here with smoking rates (taxation, general pricing, basic availability) that it seems suspicious at best to claim that banning menthols is what had a marked impact on reducing smoking rates somewhere or with some age group.

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