House Passes Bill Targeting Menthol Tobacco Products

Some Democrats break with party on concerns over impact on African-Americans; only 5 Republicans back the measure

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WASHINGTON—The House passed a bill that would expand current restrictions on flavored tobacco products to include a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes and e-cigarettes, despite some objections within the Democratic Party and concerns from civil-liberties groups that the legislation could lead to over-policing of black communities.

The legislation, which aims to curb a surge in underage vaping, passed 213 to 195, largely along party lines, with only five Republicans backing the measure. The bill would prohibit all flavored...