Black Leaders Call To Ban Menthol Cigarettes

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October 5, 2015

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Falling victim to cigarette smoking many years ago, I can co-sign with the fact that although cigarette addiction is all in the mind, it is one of the hardest addictions to get rid of. I honestly wouldn’t mind if they banned cigarettes all together (not just menthol). It sure would be an easy way to stop smoking if there were no way to get a hold of any. Walgreen’s recently stop selling them along with several major grociery outlets, and it really does help.

Recently, Black leaders in California called on the tobacco industry to stop targeting their community with the promotion of menthol cigarettes and deceptive advertising. Menthol cigarettes are not more toxic than regular cigarettes, but the mint flavor and cooling sensation makes them more enticing and easier to smoke, paving the road to nicotine addiction.

70% of Black smokers prefer to smoke menthol cigarettes, compared to 30% of White smokers.

“We’re here today to say enough is enough,” said Sharon Eubanks, the former government prosecutor who led the landmark 2005 lawsuit against tobacco companies. “The tobacco industry has been targeting the African American community for decades with deceptive ads and pushing menthol cigarettes that have an anesthetic quality. These cigarettes are harder to quit and make it easier for youth to take up smoking.”

Convening in Leimert Park, a historic gathering place for Los Angeles’ Black community, tobacco control activists showcased a selection of historical ads created by the tobacco industry to entice Blacks to smoke and highlighted data about disastrous health effects attributable to tobacco use. Read More

HOW CIGARETTE SMOKING EFFECTS US FROM HEAD TO TOE

 

Hair:

  • Smell and staining

Brain and Mental Effects:

Heart:

Liver:

Abdomen:

Kidneys and bladder:

Bones:

The effects of smoking hold additional risks for women. Those who smoke throughout their pregnancies increase the risk of:

Eyes:

Nose:

  • Less sense of smell

Thyroid

Skin:

Male reproduction:

Female reproduction:

Blood:

  • Leukemia

Legs and Feet:

Immune System:

 

Teeth:

Mouth and Throat:

Hands:

Respiration and Lungs:

Risks to the fetus include:

  • Smaller infant(for gestational age)
  • Stillborn infant
  • Birth defects, e.g. congenital limb reduction
  • Increased nicotine receptors in baby’s brain
  • Increased likelihood of child smoking as a teenager
  • Possible predisposition to adult anxiety disorders

Spine:

 

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