Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took an unprecedented step to protect thousands of Chicago residents from the dangers of tobacco. What’s amazing about this story is Chicago is the first municipality in the United States to take real action and pass a restriction on the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of schools.
States, counties and even cities have the right to educate their communities and take the appropriate action to curb teen smoking. The Chicago Board of Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health launched a marketing campaign aimed at curtailing the use of menthol cigarettes by youth in Chicago. The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) is committed to fight against the target marketing of menthol tobacco and e-cigarettes in the African American communities. Three out of four African American smokers use menthol cigarettes. “Education is the key to reducing tobacco use and menthol sales in our communities,” says Delmonte Jefferson, Executive Director, NAATPN. There is power in networking, collaboration and unity. Please join NAATPN and its other national organizations in arousing and enlightening communities across the country.