Correct Answer : Option (B) - 2 only
Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
In 2012, Brazil became the first country in the world to ban menthol cigarettes. Hence, statement 2 is not correct.
India has not banned the sale of menthol cigarettes. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
In 2019, the Centre banned electronic cigarettes and in addition, different states have their own rules in place banning hookah consumption, including flavored hookahs, in public places.
Menthol, with its minty taste and aroma, “reduces the irritation and harshness of smoking.
This increases appeal and makes menthol cigarettes easier to use, particularly for youth and young adults.
Menthol also interacts with nicotine in the brain to enhance nicotine’s addictive effects, while making it more difficult for people to quit smoking.Source : Indian Express