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Restrict The Sale of Mentholated Tobacco Products

Formed in 2008, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) partners with community stakeholders, elected officials and public health agencies to inform the national direction of tobacco control policy, practices and priorities, as they affect the lives of Black-American and African immigrant populations.

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The AATCLC has been at the forefront in elevating the regulation of mentholated and other flavored tobacco products on the national tobacco control agenda.

Most notably, the AATCLC has assisted Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Baltimore, and numerous California cities in adopting and implementing Buffer Zones.

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Buffer Zones are local legislation that prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products

--including menthol--within a 500-1000 foot perimeter around schools.

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The methodology used to adopt Buffer Zones includes outreach, engagement and education of elected officials, clergy, community-based organizations, youth groups and the media. It is the pivotal intersection between public policy, tobacco control and social justice.

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It is the pivotal intersection between public policy, tobacco control and social justice. Establishing Buffer Zones to protect inner city children reduces access to tobacco products, de-normalizes tobacco consumption and pushes back against predatory targeting of these communities. It is arguably the strongest public policy to do so. We have found this process compellingly engages African Americans because it is relevant and resonates with the issues that impact their communities.

The AATCLC is a proud NAATPN Affiliate.

Restrict The Sale of Mentholated Tobacco Products

The Global Scale

Brazil and the European Union have banned it. The United States needs to act now and protect its citizens.

The U.S.

The Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth – Former U.S. Secretaries of Health, Surgeon Generals, Directors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes.


Time To Ban Menthol Report -- In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, banning all flavorings from cigarettes except menthol, but granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to extend that ban to menthol.

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How do we raise the next generation to be strong, healthy and intelligent adults? Adults who are ready to take their rightful place in the world. It is not easy with our legacy of slavery, segregation and oppression. But it is far from impossible. As the current generation, we must hold our children closer to protect them from the snares and minefields that they navigate daily. The AATCLC is working to improve the life outcomes of all African Americans, especially young boys and men. 

What Your City Can Do

Our goal is to generate widespread support for local governments to adopt and implement “Buffer Zones.”  Buffer Zones prohibit the sale of menthol and all flavored tobacco products within a 500-1000 foot radius of schools. This includes Black & Milds, Swisher Sweets, blunt wraps and any other tobacco products that are dumped in African-American communities.

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