The Menthol Toolkit is a collection of resources created by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center for state and local advocates to educate themselves on menthol tobacco products, and find out how they can effect change in the sale and consumption of menthol tobacco products in their communities.
In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, banning all flavorings from cigarettes except menthol, but granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to extend that ban to include menthol. To this date, the FDA has not acted on menthol.
Menthol flavored cigarettes are more appealing to new and younger smokers. Menthol tobacco products are also consumed at very high rates among African Americans and other minority groups.