At the end of the day, it is fundamentally incorrect for government to regulate tobacco as a drug, it is fundamentally incorrect for government to seek to ban tobacco, in whole or in part. People have an intrinsic right to grow plants and make use of the byproducts of those plants. People do not have an intrinsic right to manufacture and market anything and everything, so something intended for human consumption, that has intrinsic dangers, should be required to advertise those dangers so people can make an informed opinion. This applies to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine or any other drug you’d like to mention. This is the ultimate nanny state bullshit, and the fact the NAACP is on board doesn’t absolve it of being racially paternalistic. The NAACP is not the black men on the street or the black man going to his corner store. I have serious doubts that a significant portion of black menthol smokers have signed on with the NAACP or any other civil rights group in their efforts to ban menthols.
By the way, I don’t care about the “optics” of the menthol ban politically, I care about the actual effect–people buy menthols and enjoy them, and government has no valid interest in stopping people from enjoying them, period.