According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco usage is the most avoidable risk factor for cancer deaths worldwide. With this new proposed ban on menthol cigarettes these numbers could drop drastically as Black people represent the largest market for mentholated products.
In 2009 President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the FDA authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products.
The AATCLC strongly urges President Obama to cap off his presidential tenure by signing this bill.
“What we are asking of you, President Obama, can be accomplished rapidly with the stroke of a pen. Your strong and decisive leadership can give our community a fighting chance against the number one killer of Black people, tobacco.”