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WHAT: Press Conference/Live Stream URL- Click HERE
WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
WHERE: Kaiser Family Foundation – Barbara Jordan Conference Center 1330 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death for African Americans, claiming more than 45,000 lives annually. Over 80% of Black smokers use mentholated tobacco products, which is due to decades of geographically racialized targeting of mentholated tobacco products by the tobacco industry. Though the Food and Drug Administration was given the authority to regulate menthol, it has yet to do so. The AATCLC and our national supporters are asking for President Obama’s intercession to Save Black Lives…
Dear President Obama,
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) is asking for your direct intercession to help prevent the deaths of the 45,000 Black people who die every year in this country from tobacco-related diseases. Please direct the FDA to issue a proposed rule to remove all flavored tobacco products, including mentholated cigarettes, from the marketplace. The FDA has already done its part by preparing the groundwork for issuing such a proposed rule. Flavored tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, little cigars, and cigarillos) are cheap, sold individually, and very popular especially among African American, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander youth. The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) redlining of the menthol and flavors text in the new FDA deeming rule was ill-informed, at best. The FDA has collected and analyzed all the evidence related to flavored products, as reflected in the deleted deeming text. These deletions demonstrate that the FDA attempted to protect the public health as it was mandated to do by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). Because this groundwork has already been completed, issuing a new rule can be accomplished quickly…
Hon. Karen Bass, U.S. House of Representatives, 37th District
Carol McGruder, Co-Chair African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Co-Chair African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council Dr. Valerie Yerger, Founding Member African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council Sharon Eubanks, Former Lead Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice
Cynthia Hallett, Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights
Denny Henigan, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Dr. Lisa Henriksen, Stanford University Robin Koval, Truth Initiative Rod Lew, APPEAL
Jeannette Noltenius, National Latino Alliance for Health Equity Michael Scott, NAATPN, Inc.