In accordance with the August 2013 resolution, the Chicago Board of Health planned four town hall meetings seeking input about health policy concerning menthol cigarettes. The Board of Health and CDPH will use this input to create a comprehensive report to guide local policy decisions. Given menthol’s direct impact on the health of Chicago’s youth, this is a crucial initiative to support.
CASAP was featured as a collaborating partner for the town hall series, as well as one of the only organizations to represent the Asian youth demographic. Our members contributed their knowledge, experience, and passion while speaking out about menthol cigarettes at the September 10th meeting. This event was covered by the China Press and the World Journal.
Following the successful town hall series, Mayor Emanuel released a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and urged them to join the fight against menthol cigarettes. Mayor Emanuel cited health risks to youth and the Chicago community. He then suggested options to limit youth’s access to flavored tobacco that include new warning labels, a national track-and-trace system, or a total ban. For more information, please read the Mayor’s Press Release.
Quick Facts about Menthol Cigarettes:
- Youth and minorities are disproportionately targeted by flavored cigarette advertising.
- 47.7% of teenage smokers use menthol cigarettes.
- 51% of Asian teenage smokers use menthol cigarettes.
- Menthol-flavored cigarettes are associated with higher rates of nicotine dependence and lower rates of cessation than unflavored cigarettes.
- For more information, please read the Menthol Cigarette Brief from the Chicago Department of Public Health.