No Menthol Sunday
Join the faith community on a national observance day dedicated to educating congregants and community members about tobacco, vaping and the role of flavors like menthol.
No Menthol Sunday, a national observance day led by The Center for Black Health & Equity is an important opportunity to engage faith leaders and their communities in a discussion about how to improve health outcomes for African Americans. Tobacco is still the number one killer of African Americans, and people of faith can play a major role in changing this. Not only do we take this day to encourage congregations and communities to support one another in escaping tobacco addiction, but we also aim to highlight the role of menthol and flavors in particular.
Our 2020 theme, Awaken!, encourages us not be deceived by the ill intentions of others. It exclaims that we must awaken ourselves to the truth so that we may be wise and expose deception and complacency (Ephesians 5:5-15). In essence, the passage calls us to stay woke!
This is fitting guidance as we work to expose the tobacco industry’s deceptive practices. The tobacco industry has:
spread unsubstantiated falsehoods about the effect menthol restrictions will have on police interactions
developed aggressive marketing tactics targeting Black communities
addicted a young generation to nicotine through e-cigarettes and vaping products
When it comes to protecting our young people and our most vulnerable communities, we must not grow weary or turn a blind eye!
No Menthol Sunday is the perfect time to raise our consciousness about these important issues. When people of faith remain vigilant, educate youth, and inspire community action, we will begin to move toward total health justice.
Why we Fight
After a 10-year fight, the US House of Representatives has finally passed the Youth Vaping Epidemic Act. This is a major win as it eliminates the sale of most flavored tobacco products including menthol! But this is no time to sleep! We must now win over lawmakers in the Senate and ensure this bill goes into effect.
We are excited about the potential for flavor restriction laws like this. That is why we must dedicate ourselves to supporting cities like Berkley, Boston, New York City and Minneapolis who are implementing similar policies restricting the sale of tobacco.
No Menthol Sunday is our time to awaken our communities! We must remain vigilant, standing in faith and for one another.