Health Equity Forum – Prop 31: Impact of Racism and Menthol Cigarettes on the Black Community
A conversation with Carol McGruder and Dr. Valerie Yerger from the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council on why voting yes on California Proposition 31 will save Black lives.
- For decades, the tobacco industry has aggressively pushed menthol cigarettes on Black communities = 9 out of 10 Black smokers use menthol cigarettes
- Prop 31 is on the November ballot and would ban the sales of flavored tobacco products, including menthol
- The tobacco industry is using Black leaders to argue that if Prop 31 passes, it will lead to more criminalization of Black communities