Rutgers researchers Cristine Delnevo, director of the Center for Tobacco Studies and Prof. Ollie Ganz, a public health researcher and instructor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy, have recently co-authored a paper saying that a ban on menthol cigarettes should be considered a social justice issue.
It is a known fact that the vast majority of Black smokers smoke menthol cigarettes. “A menthol ban is essential for the protection of youth, and African American youth in particular,” said Ganz, emphasising that the action would be particularly beneficial to vulnerable populations.
“A menthol cigarette is inherently not more or less dangerous than a non-menthol cigarette,” continued Delnevo. “But if the menthol makes (它) easier to start and hard to quit — then this brings increased health risks — as the longer you smoke, the greater the health risks.”
Menthols’ use amongst the African American community
While cigarette consumption dropped by 46% 之间 2000 和 2018, 85% of this decline was attributed to non-menthol cigarettes.
A recent study conducted by Delnevo found that while cigarette consumption dropped by 46% 之间 2000 和 2018, 85% of this decline was attributed to non-menthol cigarettes. “There is extensive research showing that the tobacco industry has been targeting the African American community with advertising for menthol cigarettes for decades,“ 她说.
“Menthol cigarettes are also disproportionately promoted in lower-income communities. So I think that marketing is a huge part of this, but there is still a lot that we don’t know, particularly for certain vulnerable populations, such as sexual minorities and those with mental health problems.”
The FDA has been sued for not implementing a ban
吸烟行动 & 健康 (灰) and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council clearly concur and have in recent months joined forces in suing the FDA for failing to regulate menthol cigarettes, 尽管国会敦促这样做. 9月3日, 美国医学会 (但) 作为原告参加诉讼. “世界正在朝这个方向前进, 反对薄荷醇” Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy说, ASH的执行律师.
AMA总裁博士. 苏珊·R. 贝利, 补充说，是时候停止大烟草捕食非洲裔美国人社区了. “世世代代, 烟草公司向非裔美国人社区推广了薄荷卷烟, 捕食非裔美国青年,“ 她说. “结果清晰而严峻; 尽管非裔美国人通常抽烟较少，并从高龄开始吸烟, 他们比白人更有可能死于与吸烟有关的疾病，例如心脏病和中风。”
讽刺地, FDA对薄荷卷烟保持相对宽松的立场, 它一直在集中精力对调味的vaping产品设置各种限制, 尽管所有数据均表明其相对安全. 相反，今年初, 欧盟修订的烟草制品指令 (TPD) 禁止在欧洲制造和销售薄荷卷烟.
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