Tell the FDA: Stop Cigarette Companies From Preying On African-Americans
  • Petitioned Margaret Hamburg

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FDA Commissioner
Margaret Hamburg
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Tell the FDA: Stop Cigarette Companies From Preying On African-Americans

    1. Chad Bullock
    2. Petition by

      Chad Bullock

      New York, NY

Menthol cigarettes smokers are less likely to quit than non menthol cigarette smokers. Despite this, cigarette companies aggressively market brands like Kool, Camel and Newport to the African-American community. The FDA recently announced it is considering banning menthol cigarettes. Sign this petition to support the ban.

The tobacco industry has a well-documented history of developing and marketing mentholated brands to racial and ethnic minorities and youth. In fact, 80 percent of African-American smokers smoke menthols. Cigarette companies have distributed free cigarettes to black children living in low-income housing, targeted print ads in African-American publications and sponsored hip-hop and jazz events. Most of the cigarettes advertised are menthols.

The FDA announced in early April that they are considering a ban on menthol cigarettes. A coalition of civil rights groups - including the NAACP - and public health groups are calling on the FDA to ban this type of cigarettes due to their added health risks and the predatory marketing practiced used by tobacco companies. Sign this petition to send a message to the FDA that you, too, support banning menthols and ending the horrendous practice of marketing these addictive products to African-Americans.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Keep spreading the word!

      Chad Bullock
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Jenna Lowenstein
      Petition Organizer

      Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal joined the fight to ban menthol cigarettes. Earlier this week, he sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, calling for the "removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace" because there is "clear and compelling evidence that menthol cigarettes have an adverse impact on public health in the United States."

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      From petition creator Chad Bullock, president of helloCHANGE: "Cigarette companies have known the harmful effects of their highly addictive products for decades. I am committed to making sure that our generation sees through the deceptive tactics of these cigarette companies. As a young African American male, I am clearly being targeted by their products, epsecially with menthol cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes are what killed my grandfather."

    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Absalom GERMANTOWN, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      We must all support any efforts to decrease smoking!

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    • Laura Teagarden RIVERSIDE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this because i believe that cigarettes are dangerous to anybody, menthol or not. all cigarettes should be banned, not just menthols. i think though, that this petition is misleading. The petition is to ban menthol cigarettes, but is worded as though it is a petition towards banning discrimination against black people (which it is not). It also seems like they are trying to ban the agressive marketing to black people (which it is not). i agree with the petition because it is trying to support the ban on menthol cigarettes. It seems to me though that they are trying to get people to sign through false advertising.

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    • Latonya Coleman ELKHART, IN
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition out of concern for my children. I have five children and four of them are smokers.

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    • John Rackham MOSES LAKE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because the marketing that cigarette companies are using in Africa is pure evil. They pray on underdeveloped and uneducated people. They ought to be ashamed!

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    • Sian Robertson AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      I can't believe it's still legal to advertise tobacco products!

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