Recently, Blackenterprise media reported that relevant organizations are advocating that black menthol cigarette smokers use smoking cessation support groups to deal with their high dependence on nicotine.
While the nation looks to the Biden administration for further legislation banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, health advocacy groups say Black smokers are most at risk. According to statistics published by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, most black smokers prefer menthol products, and 41% of deaths caused by menthol cigarettes from 1981 to 2018 were black.
Nicotine combined with "cooling" mint flavoring creates a tobacco sensation that appeals to users, making them quickly addicted to the smooth smoking sensation. Reports confirmed through the CDC show that tobacco companies have historically targeted Black communities, and we must undo this damage through community and government support, especially how to expand the impact of treatments like nicotine patches and social groups. .
Amanda Graham, chief of innovation at the Truth Initiative, shared, “The key is how to engage menthol tobacco users in our interventions, and that includes acknowledging that they are using menthol products, Or they may be from a racial or ethnic group where menthol tobacco use is more common, and we need to make sure the imagery reflects the communities most likely to use this product."
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet officially banned menthol cigarettes, the policy has made a significant impact while dismantling systemic racism, which is critical to addressing the issue of Black menthol cigarette smokers. .
Jennifer Folkenroth, national senior director of the tobacco program at the American Lung Association, said, “One thing we can all do is remind the White House that there are enough resources already in place to help Black people. Quit menthol cigarettes. No one will be left behind, and no one will be left without support because they can’t kick the habit.”
The legislation is expected to be completed by the end of the year, but medical groups are already blazing their own trail to ensure Black menthol cigarette smokers receive adequate help to quit.