It’s time to dump her and move on

In the last few years, we’ve seen one Increasing number States and cities adopt policies that prohibit or end the sale of scented tobacco products. For these policies to work for all, equity must be a central focus, and all populations must benefit from the success of the movement. This means we must push for a comprehensive taste ban and, most importantly, a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes and delicious cigars.

Tobacco companies rely on flavors because they work well to attract and retain new customers. For decades, the tobacco industry has targeted black people, particularly in the United States, with advertising Menthol cigarettes And other fragrant products such as delicious cigars. Like menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars are designed to hook children and cause inequality among black youth. After Congress banned all flavored cigarettes except menthol and cigars Manufacturers increased the marketing of flavored small cigarsCor cigarillos – which closely resembles cigarettes. Youthful use of flavored cigars Has increased in recent years And is particularly high among black youth.

As a result of these harmful marketing and sales strategies, tobacco use is claimed to be the number one cause of preventative death among black people in the United States. , 45,000 Black life one year. In the United States, black people die at a higher rate than other groups of tobacco-related causes, such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

Why do tobacco companies rely so much on menthol? Menthol makes for flavor Easy to start smoking and hard to quit By reducing the harshness associated with traditional tobacco flavors. Research shows that menthol cigarettes maintain tobacco-related disparities. Menthol cigarettes are used proportionately by black people, LGBTQ people, and people with mental illness. All groups that are unnecessarily harmed by tobacco. 10 to 7 black youth between the ages of 12 and 1 who use menthol cigarettes.

More than a decade ago, Congress authorized the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes, recognizing that “menthol cigarettes can pose unique health risks.” In response, the FDA was formed Tobacco Production Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) To review the public health effects of menthol cigarettes. TPSAC concluded that removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit the public health of the United States. Between 2011 and 2020, the continued sale of menthol cigarettes is estimated to have killed more than 700 African Americans. Since then the FDA Continue to identify, And New evidence continues to emerge, That menthol cigarettes encourage smoking and promote health inequality. Yet these products remain on the market, not providing public health benefits, but endangering the lives of millions.

The massive movement of some of the population trying to overcome the biggest barrier to reducing tobacco use, including the black, American, Indian and LGBTQ communities, indicates the fact that products such as menthol cigarettes continue to be sold. To protect children and families from tobacco companies and their harmful products. Like organizations African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) and Center for Black Health and Equity (CBHE) has done a great job of building support for state and local bans on the sale of menthol cigarettes and bringing national attention to the issue. But there is still work to be done.

The US Food and Drug Administration Give feedback From April 2 to A. Civil petition Request for ban on sale of menthol cigarettes. These products will be taken to the market as a comprehensive end to the sale of these flavored tobacco products A major public health milestone. For years, tobacco use has been the leading cause of death in the United States, and it is among the highest-paid and color-enhancing people. Taking fragrant tobacco products on the market once and for all is a big step forward, saving millions of lives, reducing healthcare costs and ensuring a common approach to good health in the United States.

Read Rich Baser’s up-ad Need to prioritize health equality in tobacco control policy.

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