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Black Doctors Call on Obama to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

15 September 2016 - 07:45 AM

African-American doctors are calling on President Barack Obama to ban sales of menthol-flavored cigarettes, which government data show are heavily preferred among black smokers.

The African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, a nonprofit anti-smoking advocacy group, launched a public campaign this week asking Obama to direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove all so-called mentholated tobacco products from the marketplace.

The FDA found in 2013 that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes, especially among African-Americans, but it stopped short of recommending a ban.

A letter detailing the new request was delivered to the president last month, Dr. Phillip Gardiner, the council's co-chairman, said Wednesday.

"The punch line here about menthol is it allows the poisons in tobacco cigarettes to go down easier," Gardiner said in an interview with NBC Washington.

"Young African-Americans die disproportionately from tobacco-related disease compared to other people in the population," said Gardiner, who is policy and regulatory sciences program officer for the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program at the University of California-Berkeley.

Government and medical data back him up.

According to the American Lung Association, smoking-related illnesses are the single biggest preventable cause of death among African-Americans, killing about 45,000 a year. And "the key thing that African-Americans smoke is menthol cigarettes," Gardiner said.

The FDA's 2013 review found that menthol flavoring is associated with "increased smoking initiation" by younger people and greater addiction among all smokers. (The FDA banned fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes for the same reasons in 2009.)

But it didn't ban mentholated tobacco products — the kind preferred by a majority of African-American smokers, according to research published last month in the American Journal of Public Health.


They do so to such a degree, in fact, that nearly three-quarters of all black smokers ages 18 to 25 buy one specific brand — Newport menthols — according to the new research, which adds that Newport menthols are the cigarettes of choice for two-thirds of all African-American smokers ages 12 to 17.

Researchers for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found similar trends in 2010, reporting that 83 percent of black adult smokers and 72 percent of underage black smokers prefer menthol-flavored brands.

In its letter to Obama, the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council called menthol tobacco addiction "an issue of social justice, one which we have been defenseless in adequately addressing to protect our people."

"What we are asking of you, President Obama, can be accomplished rapidly with the stroke of a pen," it said. "Your strong and decisive leadership can give our community a fighting chance against the number one killer of Black people, tobacco."

R.J. Reynolds, the maker of Newport, one of the most popular menthol brands, did not respond to an after-hours request for comment.
















Which is worse, Newport's or cops. 

Gary Johnson's new campaign slogan

29 August 2016 - 10:16 AM

"Why have the left nut or the right nut when you can have the Johnson"  :overhead: 

Denny Green....Dead

22 July 2016 - 09:57 AM


Bored Franks...Free weiners

23 June 2016 - 07:52 AM

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Everyone with the name Angus or Frank in their Twitter name or handle (even if only changed for the day) can enter the 100-hour giveaway by following @BallParkBrand on Twitter and tweeting their love for Ball Park Angus Beef Franks using #BallParkAngusGiveaway. Everyone will receive a coupon for a free package of Ball Park Angus Beef Franks.

“Hot dog sales peak over the July 4th holiday and it’s our goal to get people to remember Ball Park brand and our Angus Beef Franks when they’re stocking up for the long weekend,” said Sara Shenoha, senior brand manager, Ball Park. “Whether people change their name to Angus or Frank, we hope they won’t forget our name when they fire up the grill this summer.”

Celebrities participating in the campaign include Mario Lopez, Donald Faison and Haylie Duff, who are changing their name to Angus Frank on Twitter.






May the 4th

04 May 2016 - 05:11 AM

Be with you.

Sorry, had to do it. :banana: