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AATCLC Stands with
San Francisco
Supervisor Malia Cohen 
as She Introduces Bold City-Wide Ordinance to
Restrict the Sale
of Menthol  & Flavored Tobacco Products  
 CLICK IMAGE For Full News Conference Courtesy of SFGOVTV.ORG.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (c.) and Supervisor Malia Cohen (r.) flanked by supporters.

CLICK IMAGE For Full News Conference Courtesy of SFGOVTV.ORG
San Francisco-Dr. Valerie Yerger, ND (UCSF) and Carol McGruder, Co-Chair of the AATCLC stood with Supervisor Malia Cohen, Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, researchers, and community leaders as Cohen announced historic legislation, restricting the sale city-wide of menthol and other flavored tobacco products in San Francisco.
At a press conference Tuesday, April 18th at City Hall, Supervisor Malia Cohen announced the ordinance that is co-authored by fellow Supervisor Asha Safai.  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was on hand to voice his strong support for the life- saving proposed ordinance as well.
NEWS RELEASE FROM SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Contact: Brittni Chicuata, Legislative Aide
Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7671, Brittni.Chicuata@sfgov.org
***PRESS RELEASE***
SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN INTRODUCES LANDMARK
FLAVORED TOBACCO RESTRICTION ORDINANCE
San Francisco, CA – Supervisor Malia Cohen today introduced a landmark tobacco control ordinance which will restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the City of San Francisco. This evidence-based legislation prohibits retailers from selling any tobacco product, whether cigarette, smokeless, e-product, or otherwise, that has an added characterizing flavor.
Supervisor Cohen’s legislation is unique in that it is a full restriction on the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol products. Flavored tobacco is disproportionately marketed to children and young adults, African Americans and LGBTQ people.
“For too long the tobacco industry has gotten a pass while they selectively target vulnerable populations with flavored tobacco products,” said Supervisor Cohen. “Flavored tobacco hooks new smokers and makes them lifelong users. It can be more harmful and more difficult to quit than unflavored tobacco. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, specifically cancers. This legislation will have a tremendous impact on the disturbing disparities for tobacco-related illnesses, and will reduce the number of new tobacco users that pick up the habit annually.”
Beyond the human suffering associated with tobacco use, the financial cost in San Francisco amounts to $380 million per year in direct health care expenses and lost productivity.
“We know from research and studies that tobacco related diseases continues to be the number one cause of preventable deaths, especially among low income and minority communities,” says Mayor Ed Lee. “We must do everything in our power to educate San Franciscans about the negative effects of tobacco and to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. I applaud Supervisor Cohen for leading on this effort.”
“This is the largest and best step to-date to reign in the predatory marketing of menthol and all flavored tobacco products. It’s about time!” said Dr. Phil Gardiner from the University of California Office of the President. “Big Tobacco’s strategy of using menthol is to ease the harshness of tobacco consumption while alluding to menthol cigarettes as ‘healthier’ options. They target low income communities and others, adding to their duplicity all in the name of making billions of dollars in profits at the expense of human lives.”
“45,000 African Americans die annually from tobacco related diseases – more than police-involved shootings, homicides, AIDS, car accidents, diabetes; and all other preventable causes of death combined,” said Dr. Valerie Yerger of UCSF. “Why do over 80% of Black smokers smoke mentholated tobacco products? Since the Civil Rights Era, Big Tobacco companies have perniciously targeted the African American Community with mentholated tobacco products.”
“We salute the vision and courage of Supervisor Malia Cohen,” said Carol McGruder of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council. “This proposed legislation puts the health and lives of our children before the tobacco industry profits. The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council is calling for the greater tobacco control community to work strategically to restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. All communities should be healthy and prosperous.”
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Supervisor Malia Cohen and Mayor Lee


(r.) Dr. Valerie Yerger, ND, University California, San Francisco

Carol McGruder, Co-Chair AATCLC


Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington,
San Francisco Chief of Police William “Bill” Scott and Supervisor Malia Cohen

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malaikakambon@gmail.com- “People’s Eye Photography”)
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AATCLC –The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a collective of tobacco control experts dedicated to research, community collaboration and public engagement, is working to stop the 45, 000 preventable deaths of African Americans due to tobacco related diseases.
Available for on-going print, radio, television and Internet tobacco product related interviews:
Carol McGruder, AATCLC Co-Chair
Phillip Gardiner, DrPH, AATCLC Co-Chair
Valerie Yerger, ND, University California, San Francisco
 
Contact: Jackie Wright
888.881.6619
For more information visit www.savingblacklives.org
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4/18/17 News also posted @prlog.org: https://www.prlog.org/12633949

Supervisor Malia Cohen today introduced a landmark tobacco control ordinance which will restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the City of San Francisco.

AATCLC CALL TO ACTION                                       Contact: Jackie Wright
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“Stand with San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen”
as “First in the Nation Tobacco Ordinance” is Introduced
 Tuesday, April 18th 11:00 a.m. 
 

“San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing a very important, first time ever in this country tobacco control ordinance,” said Dr. Valerie Yerger, Associate Professor in Health Policy, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.

“Some of us have worked really, really hard to make this ordinance a reality for our nation, if only one jurisdiction at a time,” Dr. Yerger continued. “Please come. Bring a friend, colleague or family member. If you can’t, ask someone to be there. Please. Let’s meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett (Polk Street) side of City Hall.”
MEDIA ADVISORY FROM SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN
  
Monday, April 17, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Brittni Chicuata, (415) 554-7671
Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN TO ANNOUNCE FIRST IN THE NATION TOBACCO CONTROL ORDINANCE
WHAT:         Supervisor Malia Cohen will join leading public health   researchers, health and social justice organizations, and community advocates to announce a landmark public health policy for the City of San Francisco and for tobacco control nationwide. The ordinance will improve health outcomes and reduce disparities associated with tobacco-related illnesses.
WHO:           Supervisor Malia Cohen, Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington (Oakland), Dr. Valerie Yerger (UCSF), Dr. Stan Glantz (UCSF), Dr. Jonathan Butler (NAACP), Carol McGruder (AATCLC), La’Tasha Turner/Sixfootah the Poet (African Americans impacted by the tobacco industry)
WHEN:           Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00 am
WHERE:       San Francisco City Hall, Goodlett Steps
(1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco)
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THE NEED TO STAND WITH SUPERVISOR COHEN 
IS FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING FACTS:
 
45,000 African Americans die annually from tobacco related diseases – more than police-involved shootings, homicides, AIDS, car accidents, diabetes; and all other preventable causes of death combined.
 
Why do over 80% of Black smokers smoke mentholated tobacco products? Since the Civil Rights Era, Big Tobacco companies have perniciously targeted the African American Community with mentholated tobacco products.  These marketing campaigns included dumping cheap products in our communities, giving away free cigarettes to children, and cultivating relationships with the Black press and leadership groups.
The Big Tobacco strategy of using menthol to ease the harshness of tobacco consumption, while alluding to menthol cigarettes as “healthier” as they targeted low income communities and others, adds to their duplicity all in the name of making billions of dollars in profits at the expense of human lives.
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council is calling for the greater tobacco control community to work strategically to protect all children.  All communities should be healthy and prosperous.
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AATCLC –The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a collective of tobacco control experts dedicated to research, community collaboration and public engagement, is working to stop the 45, 000 preventable deaths of African Americans due to tobacco related diseases.
Available for on-going print, radio, television and Internet tobacco product related interviews:
Carol McGruder, AATCLC Co-Chair
Phillip Gardiner, DrPH, AATCLC Co-Chair
Valerie Yerger, ND, University California, San Francisco
 
Contact: Jackie Wright
For more information visit www.savingblacklives.org
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April 4, 2017                                                                                888.881.6619
SF-Cancer Initiative, Big Mouth Productions
 &
African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
sponsor

 

    

What Does Menthol Have to Do with It? Everything!
Tobacco and Social Injustice Spoken Word Contest

 

Youth Poets, Writers & Rappers will compete
for prizes as they educate the community about Big Tobacco’s
profiling of the Black Community and its deadly results.
WHO:           
SF-Cancer Initiative/The African American Tobacco Control                                    
Leadership Council (AATCLC)/Big Mouth Productions
WHAT:        
From Chicago to San Francisco, local municipalities across the
country are taking action and doing what the FDA will not:                                       prohibit/restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored                               tobacco products.
A lively spoken word contest on Tobacco and Social Injustice will be held to bring artists into the fight for social justice in tobacco control.
 
WHERE:      
Radio Africa Kitchen, 4800 Third Street @ Oakdale
San Francisco, CA 94124
 
WHEN:        
Tonight, Tuesday, April 4, 2017           
7 pm to 9 pm (contest 8pm to 9 pm)
  
WHY:        
Why do over 80% of Black smokers smoke mentholated tobacco
products?Since the Civil Rights Era, Big Tobacco companies have                       perniciously targeted the African American Community with                                     mentholated tobacco products.  These marketing campaigns included                       dumping cheap products in our communities, giving away free cigarettes to children, and cultivating relationships with the Black press and leadership groups.
 45,000 AfricanAmericans die annually from tobacco related                                      diseases – more than police-involved shootings, homicides, AIDS, car accidents, diabetes; and all other preventable causes of death combined.
Presented in Partnership with:
 
Get Insights on Just How Important AATCLC’s Community Outreach Efforts Like Tonight’s Tobacco & Social Justice Spoken Word Contest 
Are So Important
 
 
KPOO’s Harrison Chastang Speaks with AATCLC Co-Chair, Carol McGruder About “Tobacco & Social Justice Spoken Word Contest: “What Does Menthol Have to Do With It? Everything!”
(Click Image to Hear Interview.)
KPFA’s Dr. Will Courtenay Interviews AATCLC Co-Founder, UCSF’s Valerie Yerger, ND along with fellow UCSF professor Steven Schroeder, M.D on lively call-in show “About Health.”
 
(Click Image to Hear Interview)
 
AATCLC – The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a nonprofit consortium of organizations dedicated to research, community collaboration and public engagement, is working to stop the preventable deaths of African Americans due to the consumption of menthol-flavored cigarettes engineered by the tobacco companies to addict Black people and others including Asian, Pacific Islanders, Latino, and LGBTQ populations.
Available for on-going print, radio, television and Internet interviews:
 
Carol McGruder, AATCLC Co-Chair
Phillip Gardiner, Dr. PH, AATCLC Co-Chair
Valerie Yerger, ND, University California, San Francisco
 
Contact: Jackie Wright
888.881.6619
 
For more information visit www.savingblacklives.org
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What’s Menthol Got To Do With It?
Everything!
We Did Not Hear from President Obama…

It seems like an eternity since we convened our national press conference asking President Barack Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products. The AATCLC was joined by leadership representing priority populations, researchers, and national tobacco control leaders from Americans for Nonsmokers’ RightsNAATPN, Inc., Truth Initiative, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

As the year comes to a close, we have not heard from President Obama and just this week the city of Chicago voted to weaken their historic “Buffer Zone.”  Chicago was the first city to restrict the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products, putting the health of inner city children before tobacco industry profits.  This rollback is disappointing to say the least and there are important but not unexpected lessons to be learned as we move forward.

With a changing and uncertain national landscape it is more imperative for city, county, and state municipalities to enact bold and strong legislation that restricts the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products.

As we close out 2016, let’s enjoy our holiday season, replenish our spirits, and come back strong,  focused and more determined to get the job done.

The AATCLC would like to thank all of the individuals/organizations who were signatories on our letter to President Obama and our many colleagues who made our press conference a success.  Gratitude for the leadership of Hon. Joseph Califano and Dr. Louis Sullivan.  A special thanks to TRDRP, Focus on Health, and NAATPN, Inc. for assistance with the scientific dissemination component of the press conference.
Below is the full archived press conference.

 September 13, 2016 Press Conference 

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                                                           Press Conference Participants

African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

Carol McGruder, Co-Chair
Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Co-Chair

Dr. Valerie Yerger, Founding Member
National colleagues who stood in support with us
Sharon Eubanks, Former Lead Prosecutor, U.S.Department of Justice
Cynthia Hallett, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
Denny Henigan, Tobacco Free Kids

Dr. Lisa Henriksen, Stanford University
Robin Koval, Truth Initiative
Rod Lew, APPEAL
Jeannette Noltenius, National Latino Alliance for Health Equity
Michael Scott, NAATPN, Inc.

“What’s Menthol Got To Do With It?  Everything!”
Press Conference Speakers


(left to right) Rod Lew, APPEAL; Robin Koval, Truth Initiative; Cynthia Hallett, ANR; Phil Gardiner, AATCLC; Jeannette Noltenius, National Latino Alliance for Health Equity; Sharon Eubanks, Bordas and Bordas; Carol McGruder, AATCLC; Valerie Yerger, AATCLC; Lisa Henriken, Stanford University.

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