I was a menthol smoker for 25 years. I actually didn’t think of it as a ‘minority cigarette’ ’til a guy I worked with at the pharmaceutical company said, “I can guess what cigarette you smoke”. He used to work for Philip Morris.
I gave him my specs (age, parenting, where I grew up, a few other questions) and he said, “You smoke… MERIT”.
I said “When I don’t smoke light menthol 100’s, you’re right – I turn to Merit”.
He laughed a little TOO hearty and said, “Did… did you say light menthol 100’s? You’re a middle aged middle class suburban black woman!”
and I couldn’t have been prouder.
I thought that with the menthol too. I looked it up and it’s being called “the last legal flavor”.
Ok, plausible but still not buying it. Then I see the EU did a ban last year and ok, it’s aligning with Europe so we don’t look so stupid.