The FDA is thinking about a rule to stop menthol in cigarettes and flavored cigars. Many experts believe this could help save lives. The American Lung Association thinks it is a big step towards making sure everyone has a fair chance at good health, especially in communities where smoking causes more health problems.

The FDA is set to set rules for products, prohibiting menthol as a main flavor in cigarettes and special flavors in cigars, except tobacco. This follows a 2009 law banning special flavors in cigarettes. The rules are part of a plan to reduce cancer in the next 25 years, as smoking remains a major cancer cause. The FDA aims to make flavored cigarettes and cigars less attractive to young people, potentially helping them quit and save lives. They are focusing on companies that do not follow the new rules, ensuring regular people will not face any consequences.