From a fledgling unfunded group of determined African American tobacco control activists, the AATCLC has built an incredible track record as an organization that has changed the trajectory of tobacco control in the US.
Since their inception, the AATCLC has worked incredibly hard. They have traveled across the country, engaging with communities, while building community capacity and igniting along the way a growing number of empowered members of the Black Community. They have also provided technical assistance to health departments, private foundations, coalitions, and municipalities working to pass ordinances that would prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.
The AATCLC was active partners with the city of Chicago when in 2013 it passed the first-ever legislation to restrict the sale of mentholated and flavored tobacco products. Since Chicago’s historic legislation, which had only applied to retailers within a 500 ft. radius of schools, the regulation of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products has evolved.
Now, almost a hundred American jurisdictions, including the states of Massachusetts and California, have passed legislation that prohibits the sales of these products throughout their entire jurisdiction. The AATCLC has played an integral role in these historic advances.