Unfortunately, most of us have a tobacco story. Perhaps your parents smoked. Perhaps your friends experiment with it. Perhaps you experimented with it yourself. Public health warnings are no match in comparison to the constant barrage of tobacco industry marketing. Many of us have watched our fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, siblings and friends have their lives slowly taken away puff by puff. Nicotine addiction is NOT about personal weakness or failure; it IS about brain chemistry, slick marketing and predatory access to the next generation of potential smokers: our children.
Our goal at the AATCLC is to end it. Just as we no longer have to endure smoking in restaurants and airplanes, we want the predatory marketing and sales of flavored tobacco in our community to be history. We have partnered with cities like Oakland, Chicago, Baltimore and Minneapolis-St. Paul to create safe 500-1000 foot Buffer Zones around our children’s schools.
Our mission is to increase the number of tobacco control wins for Black people. We are committed to this cause for as long as it takes. Saving Black lives starts by taking the next step against tobacco use in African-American communities. Your donation will allow us to go the extra mile by educating the community, speaking with elected officials and hosting town hall meetings. Thank you for pledging your support to save Black lives!