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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell the FDA to stop the sale of deadly menthol cigarettes

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Menthol helps make cigarettes even more addictive -- so why does the FDA still allow its sale?

Click here to automatically sign our FDA petition, which reads: "I demand that you immediately ban menthol cigarettes, which disproportionately hook Latinos, African Americans and other people of color, and contribute powerfully to negative health outcomes in these communities."

Dear Friend,

Tobacco is a killer -- we all know that. Even so, tobacco companies are still finding ways to hook people on their product. One of their biggest tricks is adding menthol to cigarettes, which makes it easier for young people to smoke and get hooked on the deadly product.1

More than 80% of smokers start before they turn 18, and research has shown that menthol cigarettes are a gateway into smoking for many young people. More than half of Latino children who smoke use menthol cigarettes.2

The Food and Drug Administration banned every other cigarette flavoring years ago -- only menthol was spared, due largely to the tobacco companies’ intense lobbying. Adding menthol to cigarettes is Big Tobacco’s last legally permissible gimmick to hook people of color on smoking.

The Food and Drug Administration is finally poised to eliminate menthol from cigarettes, but it’ll take a big push from the public to make sure the tobacco companies don’t once again get their way.

Click here to automatically sign our FDA petition, which reads: "I demand that you immediately ban menthol cigarettes, which disproportionately hook Latinos, African Americans and other people of color, and contribute powerfully to negative health outcomes in these communities."

Menthol makes a deadly product more appealing, more dangerous, and more addictive. It’s not an equal opportunity killer -- it hooks Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans more than any other group. The consequences are deadly: lung cancer is the number one killer of Latino men and the number two killer of Latina women.3

Allowing the continued sale of menthol cigarettes is to allow the tobacco industry to keep preying on our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Join us in telling the FDA that we won’t stand for this.

Click here to automatically sign the petition to the FDA, which reads: "I demand that you immediately ban menthol cigarettes, which disproportionately hook Latinos, African Americans and other people of color, and contribute powerfully to negative health outcomes in these communities."

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Roberto, Jesús, Erick, Erica and the rest of the Presente.org Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1. U.S. needs to step up and ban menthol from cigarettes. Oakland Tribune, Nov. 20, 2013.
2. Latino Smokers And The Dangers Of Menthol Cigarettes." Huffington Post, Nov. 22, 2013.
3. Lung Cancer and Hispanics: Know the Facts. National Cancer Institute, Dec. 2013.