Health advocacy organization raises awareness about smoking

The FDA has stated that menthol-flavored cigarettes mask the smell of the product and its harsh taste, making consumers of menthol-flavored cigarettes more habitual smokers.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – As many recognize the 97th birthday of Malcolm X, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), which is a public health advocacy and education organization, will host a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: 30 hours on zoom in an effort to save black lives.

According to AACLC, the panel discussion will recognize Malcolm X and raise awareness of the harm that menthol smoking causes to the African American population.

The FDA has stated that menthol-flavored cigarettes mask product odor and harsh taste, making consumers of menthol-flavored cigarettes more likely to smoke more habitually than smokers who smoke unflavored cigarettes.

The increase in smoking causes smokers of menthol cigarettes to suffer more severe damage to their health.

The FDA has proposed a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, saying manufacturers are targeting minority groups.

According to the FDA, 85% of black smokers smoke menthol-flavored cigarettes, with Hispanic smokers weighing 46% and Asian smokers weighing 39%.

The discussion will feature three specialists as panelists: Thuy TT lee, PhD, David Mendez PhD, and Keith Wailoo, PhD.

Those wishing to join the online event can register here.

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