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No Menthol Sunday is on May 28th – a time to raise awareness of the addictiveness of menthol and push for a ban on menthol in tobacco products.
Please see below for related resources and a script that faith-based organizations, communities, colleagues and other individuals can use to spread the word:
–No Menthol Sunday toolkit – with materials and ideas on observing No Menthol Sunday.
–Pathways to Freedom – documentary-style video used as a cessation tool for the African American community
-Encourage friends, family and colleagues to post pictures and stories of how they are observing No Menthol Sunday (to @blackbodyhealth). Using #nomentholsunday or #NMS2017 enters them into a drawing to win $50
Need a quick and easy plan for No Menthol Sunday? Just use the script below for your Sunday morning church announcement, then direct your congregants to call the national 1-800-Quit-Now.
Today is No Menthol Sunday, and we would like to take time to talk about becoming a healthier community by quitting smoking.
Smoking kills 47,000 African Americans per year. That’s more than homicides, suicides, AIDS, and car accidents combined.
Most youth and African Americans who smoke choose menthols because the minty flavor helps make it easier to start smoking — it also makes it harder to quit smoking. The tobacco industry intentionally tries to get African Americans to smoke menthols by advertising to us more and making menthols cheaper in certain neighborhoods. This isn’t right. A ban on the sale of menthol would help encourage many African Americans to quit smoking. That can help save lives.
If you are a smoker but haven’t talked to anyone about it, now is the time. We can’t lose another life to tobacco, and we can’t lose you. Let us love you and support you as we all become healthier together.
We want to take time today to pray with you because we know it is hard to quit smoking and can take several tries before quitting for good.
You also encourage you to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free resources and coaching. Feel free to ask me more about how we can create a menthol free community.
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