New York - protect our kids and restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products!
Big Tobacco is hooking our kids with flavors like vanilla, cherry and even unicorn poop. The tobacco companies add menthol to cigarettes to create a cooling effect and mask the harshness of tobacco. It's time to stop Big Tobacco from hooking our kids with flavors.
The numbers don't lie. More than 80 percent of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. A staggering 54% of teen smokers use menthol. For African American teen smokers, 7 in 10 smoke menthol and 64% of young menthol smokers report they would quit, if menthol was prohibited.
Menthol cigarette smoking is also more prevalent among smokers who are female, identify as LGBTQ, part of a racial minority or reporting mental health conditions.
It's time, please restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol flavoring.