Our Mission

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. 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.

 

Buffer Zones are local legislation that prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products--including menthol--within a 500-1000 foot perimeter around schools. 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. 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.

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Black men who smoke are 50% more likely to get lung cancer than white men who smoke.

Why We Keep Fighting?

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. 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.

 

Buffer Zones are local legislation that prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products--including menthol--within a 500-1000 foot perimeter around schools. 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. 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.

  • *Al-Delaimy WK, White MM, Mills AL, Pierce JP, Emory K, Boman M, Smith J, Edland S. Final Summary Report of: Two Decades of the California Tobacco Control Program: California Tobacco Survey, 1990-2008, La Jolla, CA: University of California, San Diego; 2010.‚Äč

  • **Max, Sung, Tucker, & Stark, 2010.

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