As April comes to a close, a key public health deadline is approaching – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has until April 29, 2021 to decide whether it will move forward in removing menthol cigarettes from the market. The vast majority of Black American smokers – 85% - use menthol cigarettes, a direct result of decades of targeting these products to the Black community. Especially given that April is National Minority Health Month, it’s high time for the FDA to make this critical move to protect public health.
Please take a moment to view this post on Twitter: Staff Attorney Natasha Phelps of the Public Health Law Center just posted a very passionate and timely video expressing the tremendous need to protect Black lives and support a ban on menthol-flavored tobacco products.
You can help create a groundswell of support for prohibiting menthol cigarettes by sharing this video with your networks. It creates a prime opportunity to reinvigorate a national conversation about the impact of menthol on African American health. Repost it to all social platforms and use the hashtag #banmenthol.
- Tag local, state, and federal decision-makers so they don’t miss this incredible message
- Comment on this video. Contribute to the conversation and help increase the reach and engagement of Natasha’s message.
Looking to learn more about the issue of menthol cigarettes? The Washington Post did a major story examining the case against menthol cigarettes, which disproportionately addict and kill Black Americans. Read the story here and share it with others!
You can also check out resources on the issue from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids at TFK.org/health-disparities.
This video has lit a flame and we need you to help it spread. #BanMenthol.