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Hot on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed ban on menthol-flavored tobacco products in April, some lawmakers in New Jersey apparently believe they can implement a ban sooner. Instead of rushing headlong, all advocates should stop to consider the potential negative consequences for public health, freedom and racial justice.

Earlier this month, New Jersey’s Assembly Health Committee voted in favor of a statewide ban on the sale of menthol products under penalty of civil fines of up to $1,000. The proposed rule would have to clear the state Assembly and Senate before heading to the governor’s desk for signature.