EP17: History is Made: The Menthol Movement

We’ve reached a milestone in the menthol movement! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a ban on menthol flavoring in cigarettes. It’s the ingredient that hooks many African American smokers and makes it harder for them to quit. Though this is a pivotal moment in the fight against tobacco, we can’t ignore the damage that has been done to the African American community in the last 10 years alone. The Center of Black Health & Equity is one of many organizations that has pushed for this change. The Public Health Law Center and The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council were also part of a large petition to ban menthol in 2013. Tobacco companies have targeted Black communities extensively to use menthol and tobacco for decades.In this episode we expand on this history, respond to the opposition and share the hope we have for the future of Black health.

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