The FDA’s announcement to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars has been roundly condemned from all sides of the political spectrum, and is opposed by groups as diverse as American Council on Civil Liberties (ACLU), Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the National Black Justice Coalition, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, and Heritage Action for America.

Americans for Tax Reform convened a virtual seminar on the impact of this proposed ban with policy & law enforcement experts, covering the science and evidence (or lack thereof) underpinning the ban, the disastrous implications for law enforcement and vulnerable minority populations, the consequences of a thriving black market, and alternative, proven methods of tobacco harm reduction the FDA should be enacting instead of prohibition.


Tim Andrews (Director of Consumer Issues, Americans for Tax Reform)


Guy Bentley: Director of Consumer Freedom, The Reason Foundation

Yael Ossowski: Deputy Director, Consumer Choice Center

Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.): Former Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Lindsey Stroud: Director, Taxpayer Protection Alliance Consumer Center