The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to ban menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products in a decision that Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said reflects the Biden administration’s “commitment to improve the health of all Americans and to tackle health disparities in our most marginalized communities.”The FDA had faced a Thursday deadline to respond to a 2013 citizen petition to act on menthol products, which escalated to a court filing in June 2020. The FDA’s actions are not expected to translate into an immediate ban on such products. “The FDA is working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars; the authority to adopt product standards is one of the most powerful tobacco regulatory tools Congress gave the agency,” the FDA said in a news release posted Thursday. “This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products and builds on important, previous actions that banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009.” ACLU WARNS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AGAINST MENTHOL BAN”Today the Food and Drug Administration announced the launch of proposed rule-making to remove menthol from cigarettes and flavor additives from cigars,” Becerra said in a statement. “This science-based decision reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to improve the health of all Americans and to tackle health disparities in our most marginalized communities. Tobacco-related death and disease must become a part of America’s past. These public health measures will save lives.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis is a developing story, please check back for updates.