The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 28 issued a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a major victory for anti-smoking advocates but one that could face stiff opposition from Big Tobacco.

The FDA proposed new health warnings for cigarette packages and ads due to small size and lack of an image in current warnings.

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public opinion as well as scientific research on the role nicotine plays in cigarette addiction as the regulatory agency aims to lower tobacco-related deaths across the United States.