When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Where: The National Press Club- Zenger Room
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
This Briefing will be Live Streamed
The Plight of African Americans & Mentholated Tobacco Products: The Time is Now
Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death for African Americans, claiming more than 45,000 lives annually. Due to decades of racialized targeting of mentholated tobacco products by the tobacco industry, over 80% of Black smokers use mentholated tobacco products. These targeted campaigns included manipulation of African American leadership groups, elected officials, Black media, ethnic specific advertising campaigns, and the free distribution of mentholated cigarettes to inner city children as young as nine years old. Many of these pernicious and racist practices are in direct violation of civil law statutes as well as international treaties.
This international briefing will provide the press and the greater community an update on where the menthol/flavor ban movement stands today, the status of the landmark 2006 Kessler ruling, international treaty violations (including the targeting of African countries), and local and civil actions that have been successfully implemented or won.
Press briefing speakers are prominent U.S. and international tobacco control advocates, researchers, attorneys, and elected officials.