As the Biden administration moves closer to banning menthol cigarettes — the type of cigarettes used by the vast majority of Black smokers — debates have emerged between Black leaders and experts concerning the wisdom of this move. Last week, Blavity spoke to attorney Benjamin Crump, who argues that the proposed ban will fail to achieve its intended effects while having a negative unintended consequence for Black communities. Crump is not alone in expressing this worry, with the Rev. Al Sharpton delivering similar warnings to the White House. Other leading Black figures and organizations, however, are in favor of the ban. Blavity recently spoke to Portia White, NAACP Vice President of Policy and Legislative Affair, who spoke of her organization’s support for the ban.