New York City Council fails to ban menthol cigarettes, sparking strong condemnation from health groups

New York City Council fails to ban menthol cigarettes, sparking strong condemnation from health groups

Recently, according to US readmedia news, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Cancer Society issued statements strongly condemning The New York City Council failed to ban menthol cigarettes this session to protect black and brown communities.

The New York City Intro 577 bill, which aims to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes in New York, received majority support in the City Council, including civil rights leader Dr. Hazel Dukes and others, as well as the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian A majority of members of the Parliamentarian Caucus (BLAC) also support the ban. Health leader Rep. Lynn Shulman is the sponsor of the legislation. The groups urged parliament to hold hearings on the bill as soon as possible at the start of the new parliament.

"For nearly two years, we have patiently waited for the City Council to advance important legislation to protect New Yorkers from harmful menthol cigarettes," the groups wrote in the letter. "Yet, even though the bill has the support of half the Assembly, the Health Committee has rejected it." Or may be prevented from holding hearings on the bill. As New York's leading health group, we are extremely disappointed."

The article stated that big tobacco companies have been vigorously marketing flavored tobacco products to minors for decades to attract a new generation of smokers, especially in communities of color. Menthol cigarettes are sold to young people and are harmful to black Americans. have a disproportionate negative impact on their health. Black smokers are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than white smokers, with a case fatality rate that is 18% higher.

In New York City, 89% of black adults who smoke and 63% of Latino adults who smoke use menthol cigarettes, compared with 32% of white adults. More than half of teen smokers and 70% of African American teen smokers smoke menthol cigarettes. Eighty percent of African Americans prefer menthol cigarettes.

A study by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) estimates that if cities implemented a bill banning the sale of menthol cigarettes today, nearly 90,000 New Yorkers, mostly Black and Latinx, would be smoked over the next two years. American adults) will quit smoking, and almost 3,000 young adults will not start smoking.

In 2013, the city council passed a local law banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, but did not include menthol cigarettes. In 2019, the New York City Council passed legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, but did not vote to ban menthol products.
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