EP15: Equitable Enforcement

Tobacco prevention work isn’t as simple as telling the Black community about the negative health impacts of smoking.

It means understanding resources to empower ourselves for our overall heart health.  February isn’t just Black History Month. It’s also Heart Health Month. That means the heart of the matter is that showing love to Black people includes doing all it takes to keep us healthy.

It means changing the environment so that stores in predominantly Black communities have healthy choices and less advertising of unhealthy products. Evidence shows not all populations are equally protected by the laws, policies, and resources that are intended to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related harm.

It means that enforcement of tobacco control laws should be geared at the retailers and the industries and not as an excuse to further the grip of mass incarceration by policing individuals with possession of tobacco or selling loosies.

Just as these disparities in tobacco advertising, access, and use persist, so do disparities in the enforcement of commercial tobacco control laws and policies.

Whether it’s at the clinic, the sales counter, the corner store or the courtroom, advocates are bringing the fight to prevent harm caused by tobacco use. We have won many battles and we will win more!

In episode 15 we are joined by:
– James Young, Spokesperson for the American Heart Association
– Mollie Mayfield, Senior Project Director and Managing Editor at Counter Tools
– Natasha Phelps, Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center’s Commercial Tobacco Control Program
– Delmonte Jefferson, Executive Director at The Center for Black Health and Equity

Check out episode 15 of Black Body Health the Podcast to learn how predatory practices and promotions affect the Black community–all for the sake of Big Tobacco’s profits.