Progress on tobacco control has not been equal because in communities experiencing health disparities. we continue to see the unequal burden of tobacco use, says Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association (above).
“Menthol cigarettes remain a key factor for tobacco-related death and disease in Black communities, with close to 81% of Black Americans who smoke using them. Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, will not only help end the youth vaping epidemic, but will also help address the disproportionate impact of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars on Black and Brown communities.”
- See “New Report: Flavored Tobacco Products and Youth Vaping Threaten 20 Years of Tobacco Control Progress” from the American Lung Association (January 26, 2022)
- See the American Lung Association’s new report “State of Tobacco Control 2022”