Fri. Jul 30th, 2021

3 thoughts on “City of Compton sets the tone for the nation on menthol cigarettes

  1. The Tobacco industry has purposefully targeted and pushed menthol flavored tobacco at African Americans since the 1950s. Its the reason 85% of African American smokers use menthol. Menthol cigarettes are a more dangerous tobacco product. The menhol numbs your throat so that you take in more nicotine. The result: African Americans bear the burden of higher mortality rates, higher incidence of lung cancer and higher rates of other tobacco -related ills like heart attacks. Menthol cigarettes are specifically targeted at African Americans BECAUSE they are more dangerous. There are direct quotes from tobacco industry executives to this point.

    That this City Council had a chance to remove a product that kills 45,000 african americans a year nationally and did not was nothing to be proud of. While we are being introspective about instituional racism, people should take the time to explore how the tobacco industry ( A southern slave industry) has used its political power to push these ‘special death sticks’ to our community.

    Armed with a full knowledge of the history and impact, Mayor Brown, Councilwomen Michelle Chambers and Tana McCoy all worked hard to protect the tobacco industry’s ability to kill. Its disappointing and shameful.

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