Over 80% of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.
About the Campaign
Menthol cigarettes are easier to start smoking and harder to quit. They also mask the harsh taste of tobacco, making them more appealing to kids. That’s why more than half of all youth smokers ages 12-17 use menthol cigarettes, compared to less than 1/3 of smokers ages 35 and older. Menthol use is even higher among African American youth: 70% smoke menthol cigarettes.
But we can change that forever in NYC. Let’s send a strong message and restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes in NYC.
Campaign Support from Mayor David Dinkins
David Dinkins was the 106th Mayor of New York City and the first African American to hold the office. Before his passing in 2020, he supported our campaign to restrict flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products to protect the health of our children.
Here is his October 2019 New York Daily News op-ed.
September 28, 2021
DC Bans Sale of Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Tobacco
July 22, 2021
New York City Council approves ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes
November 26, 2019
A Menthol Tobacco Ban in NYC? That’s on Hold.
November 22, 2019
NAACP chief rips Corey Johnson for failing to back ban on menthol cigarettes
September 30, 2019
Rep. Gregory Meeks
African American Clergy and Elected Officials (AACEO)