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Since the 1950s, Big Tobacco has aggressively targeted African American communities
This has led to much higher rates of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and death. Today, tobacco is the number one culprit of preventable deaths for Black people in America.
But we can change that fact.
Learn more by watching Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the tobacco industry’s successful infiltration of Black America
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council is our country’s leading public health education and advocacy organization taking on Big Tobacco to save Black lives
We have grown our coalition of national and local organizations, traveled across the country to educate communities and build grassroots infrastructure, gotten major pieces of legislation ending the sale of menthol-flavored tobacco products passed in cities, counties, and states across the country, and sued the FDA to act on removing menthol flavored tobacco products from the market nationally.
Our work is making a difference in the lives of millions of African Americans but we are just getting started. We won’t give up our fight until there are no more African Americans who lose their life because of tobacco.
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