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Boston convenience store owner call for repeal of menthol cigarette ban

Boston convenience store owners are calling on state lawmakers to repeal the menthol cigarette ban and will release an undercover video on Thursday that they say shows widespread illicit sales of the cigarettes.



a close up of a box on a table: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: In this photo illustration, packs of menthol cigarettes sits on a table. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 15: In this photo illustration, packs of menthol cigarettes sits on a table. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Store owners will release the video on the State House steps, showing what they call illicit street sales of menthol cigarettes, as lawmakers hold an email-only hearing on a bill to temporarily repeal the state’s first-in-the-nation menthol ban.

The ban on menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen tobacco went into effect on June 30, despite staunch opposition from the association and others in communities of color, who warned lawmakers that it was racially biased and would create a new illicit market that would increase crime and

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