Menthol: A Hazard in Our Communities
Forum on June 22, 2017
For decades, the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed menthol cigarettes to communities of color, women, and other vulnerable populations. According to the most recent data from the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s 2015 Community Health Survey, 48% of NYC adults smokers use menthol cigarettes. The rates are even higher among African Americans, Latinos, and women.
Menthol makes smoking easier to start and harder to quit, deceiving smokers by masking the harshness of the product. This flavor also contributes to youth smoking initiation. The tobacco epidemic is far from over and significant disparities in tobacco use exists for far too many New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. NYC Smoke-Free is committed to building health equity and closing the gap in tobacco disparities to end the devastating tobacco epidemic.
Join us on June 22, 2017 at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge for a discussion on the hazards of menthol in our communities.
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