Public Health groups applaud bill to end the sale of menthol cigarettes

Advocates Call upon New York City Council to quickly pass legislation

July 14, 2022

NEW YORK – A coalition of public health groups applauded today’s introduction of legislation (Intro 577-2022) that would end the sale of menthol cigarettes in New York City by Councilmembers Rita Joseph and Selvena N. Brooks-Powers.

According to a recent study from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), if the sale of menthol cigarettes was ended now, it estimates that over the next two years 90,000 New Yorkers would quit smoking, the majority being Black and Latino adults and 3,000 young New Yorkers will not start smoking, who would have otherwise. 

The proposal to eliminate the sale of menthol cigarettes comes after decades of tobacco industry targeting of communities of color in New York City and nationwide. The tobacco industry saturates Black and Latino communities with marketing and advertising of their menthol products. As a result, nearly 85% of Black people who smoke and more than 45% of Hispanic people who smoke use menthol products. Additionally, nearly 65% of young people who smoke menthol cigarettes say they would quit if menthol were no longer available. 

Three years ago, the NYC Council took decisive action to prioritize health and eliminated the sale of flavored e-cigarette products but surprisingly continued to allow menthol cigarettes to remain on the market. The legislation introduced today is identical to a bill from the previous session that had widespread public approval and was supported by 37 Council Members, the former mayor, and all five borough presidents at the time. Unfortunately, previous Council leadership did not allow members to vote on the measure. That lack of action by the Council was a win for Big Tobacco and a tremendous loss for the future of our children. 

In recent years over 150 other municipalities across the United States, including most recently, the City of Los Angeles, have acted against this devastating health inequity by adopting an ordinance ending the sale of menthol cigarettes.

The Flavors Hook Kids NYC Coalition looks forward to working with NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Councilmembers Rita Joseph and Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, the entire City Council, and Mayor Eric Adams’ administration to ensure they make the health of all people living in, working in, and visiting New York City a priority and finally end the sale of menthol cigarettes in the City of New York by passing Intro 577-2022.  

The below organizations support City Council legislation ending the sale of menthol cigarettes:

Abyssinian Baptist Church   

African American Clergy and Electeds AACEO

African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC)            

Agape Love Christian Center              

Al Masjidu Adam Community Life Center for Human Excellence

Amazing Grace Church          

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Anointed By God Ministries

Antioch Baptist Church         

Arab American Family Support Center        

Arthur Ashe Institute Health Sciences Academy   

Asian Americans for Equality (AAE)

Association of Black Cardiologists             

Astor Services for Children & Families       

Atlantic Terminal Houses

Bethany Baptist Church        

Bethesda Healing Center      

Black and Latino Film Coalition

Black Lungs Matter 

Broadway Presbyterian Church

Bronx Adolescent Skills Center (Vibrant Emotional Health)      

Bronx Baptist Church

Bronx Cranksgiving

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Brooklyn Community Services         

Brooklyn NAACP

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center       

Brooklyn Tabernacle              

Brownsville Community Baptist Church  

Calvary Crosses Church        

CAMBA’s Project Accept LGBT Youth (Project ALY) 

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Carnegie Hill Pediatrics        

Chabad of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Red Hook              

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center            

Children’s Aid (Bronx Family Center Campus)         

Chinese American Medical Society  

CHINESE AMERICAN Planning Council             

Chris Temple United Baptist Church              

Christ Prophetic House          

Christian Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church        

Church of Christ the King   

Church of the Resurrection United Church of Christ      

City of Oasis Church

Claremont Healthy Village Initiative (Family Medicine)  

Claremont Neighborhoods Centers, Inc.  

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families        

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services       

College of Staten Island (CUNY) Health Center      

Community Board 11 - Bronx             

Community Board 5 - Bronx

Community Board 5 - Bronx

Community Board Athletic Leadership League (C-BALL)    

Community Healthcare Network   

Council of School Supervisors & Administrators              

Covenant House         

Covenant Keepers Ministries             

Crisis Action Center

Destination Tomorrow-Bronx LGBT Center             

Devar Chain Ministries           

Diaspora Community Services          

DREAM Charter School (formerly Harlem RBI)       

East Flatbush Village

East New York United Concerned Citizens

Ebenzer Baptist Church         

Educational Alliance (Edgies Teen Center)

El Puente         

Elite Learners

Elm International Fellowship         

Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities     

Emanuel AME Church              

Emmanuel Church of God

Faragutt Houses Tenants Association       

First Baptist Church of Crown Heights      

Fiver Children’s Foundation             

Flatbush Development Corporation           

Fordham Manor Church      

Gifted Communities Services Inc.    

Global Fire International   

God's Battalion of Prayer Church 

God’s Fellowship Temple       

Grand Street Settlement      

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce     

Greater Mt. Caramel Cathedral and Worship Center       

Greater New Beginning Baptist Church     

Greater Restoration Baptist Church           

He Live Ministries       

Healing Christ Church            


Highway & Hedges Church of Queens & Long Island          

House of Prayer Mt. Sinai    

Ibadur Rahman Association Inc.     

In Him International Ministries      

Infinity Bible Church

Ingersoll Tenant Association

International Pentecostal City Mission    

Island Voice/Canvas Institute          

Jamaica Branch NAACP

James Community Full Gospel Church        

James E. Davis Stop Violence Foundation  

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church             

Jewish Community Center of Staten Island (Bernikow)  

John Hus Moravian Church

John Wesley United Methodist Church       

Journey to Wellness Center

Jubilant Penacostal Holy Church  

Kingdom Life Ministries         

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY

Lafayette Gardens Resident Association   

Langston Hughes Apartments         

Little Flock House of Prayer              

Loc fest LLC

Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise-Worship Center of New York City           

Make the Road New York      

Marketplace Church

Miller Evangelical Christian Union Church           

Miss Abbie's Kids Inc.

Monterey Houses Tenants Association      

Morning Star Highway Church       

Mother AME Zion Church     

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center      

Mt. Paran Baptist Church


Musa Mosque and Islamic Center  

NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch        


National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Big Sister Education Action Center         

New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth            

New Creation Ministries       

New Journey Church of Brooklyn 

New Life Community Health Center

New York City Mission Society           

New York City Problem Gambling Resource Centers         

New York Communities For Change (NYCC)

New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA)

Next Level Youth Inc/Diamonds Cheerleading

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR)

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)             

NYU Langone

Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC)           

One Hundred Black Men of New York          

Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church          

Parents Against Vaping Electronic Cigarettes (PAVE)       

Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Partnership to End Addiction           

Pen or Pencil

Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ              

Pentecostal House of Prayer            

People's First Education Fund          

Promised Land Covenant Church   

P.S. 9 PTO           


Queens Pride House  

Reflections Healing the Heart Church        

Restoration Tabernacle       

Richmond University Medical Center WIC Program           

Rockaway Youth Task Force               

Rose of Sharon Baptist Church        

Salem Missonary Baptist Church    

Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program      

Shelter Rock Seventh-Day Adventist Church          

SIUH Staten Island Teen Risk Assessment Program             

Smiling Coast Women Empowerment Network

Soundview Resident Council             

St. Philip's Christian Church

St. Phillips Disciples of Christ            

Staten Island NAACP

Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness        

Tabernacle Christian Center              

Teens Helping Each Other (THEO)      

The Center for Black Health & Equity (formerly NAATPN)              

The Co-op City Branch of the NAACP              

The Door          

The Double Love Experience

The Dream Center Harlem    

The Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest       

The Groundswell Group, WEPA Coalition

The Last Call Church

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center     

The Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter of The Links, Inc.       

The PILLARS NYC             

Thrive Collective       

Tisch Cancer Center at Mount Sinai

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine    

Tremont United Methodist Church               

Tribe Of Judah Church            

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church 

True Restoration Worship Center  

Twin Parks West Tenants Association         

Union Community Health Center    

Union Settlement -- Esperanza Preparatory Academy     

Union Settlement -- MS 007  

Union Settlement -- P.S. 138 

Union Settlement -- Rising Stars     

Union Settlement -- Washington Houses Community Center      

United Community Baptist Church

United Fellowship Outreach Ministries     

Universe City NYC        


Urban Word  

Walt Whitman Tenant Association

Watchful Eye

WeDance4Life Inc.      

Wildlife Conservation Society Future Leaders Program

Word of Life International, Inc.     

World Mission Assembly      

Worldwide Association of Chaplains         

Worldwide Association of Small Churches            







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