CDTFC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Theresa Zubretsky, wrote a commentary piece published in the Albany Times Union today focusing on the disproportionate impact of menthol-flavored tobacco use on African Americans.
Read her commentary piece below.
Menthol-flavored tobacco is killing African Americans
Black History Month highlights previously unsung contributions of African Americans to our nation’s success. In tobacco control, we have our own unsung heroes, African American men and women battling tirelessly to end the death and disease caused by the tobacco industry’s relentless and targeted marketing of menthol cigarettes to the Black community.
These champions include Dr. Phillip Gardiner and Carol McGruder, co-chairs of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council. Their advocacy for policies to save Black lives led the way for a bipartisan group of 23 attorneys general to recently appeal to the FDA to ban the sale of menthol-flavored tobacco products.