Lung health disparities persist among Black Americans, especially in lung cancer incidence and menthol cigarette use. In anticipation of the Food and Drug Administration’s expected proposal to remove menthol cigarettes from the marketplace, the American Lung Association is actively working to address these disparities and the systemic issues that perpetuate them. Our Addressing Tobacco Use in Black Communities Toolkit works to educate and build confidence among public health professionals and community-based individuals in developing meaningful, equitable engagement with Black adults, youth, and their families and lead sustainable tobacco control and cessation programs to improve health equity among Black Americans. It features a variety of culturally competent resources, trainings, videos, and other relevant materials focused on three key objectives:
- Build Competence by learning about the racist history of tobacco in Black communities;
- Encourage Connectedness by learning how to be an ally and building better, authentic community partnerships; and
- Confidence to Act with materials, resources, and trainings to equip toolkit users.