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They oppose the sale of tobacco products

Several Westchester organizations campaign to prevent flavored cigarettes from being offered to young people, generating addiction

Some of the flavored products affecting children and youth in the United States.

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The New York Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Center for Black Health and Equity, Miss Abbie’s Kids, and other community organizations do not want tobacco merchants to continue selling tobacco-based products that contain flavoring, since they produce addiction to young people.

That’s why they’ve teamed up with Westchester County legislators to push for a local bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Westchester County.

Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President of the New York State Conference of the NAACP, the leaders of the organizations running the campaign and the President of the Board of Freeholders, Catherine Borgia, as well as Chris Johnson, Leader of the Majority and Jewel Williams Johnson, author of the legislation and chair of the Westchester Board of Freeholders Health Committee, work with youth to oppose the harm nicotine is doing to youth.

In New York, 22.3% of high school students use e-cigarettes, with the majority preferring to use flavored tobacco, with fruit, candy, dessert, mint, and menthol being the most popular flavors. Menthol cigarettes play an important role in luring new users, predominantly under the age of 18 and in Black and Latino communities, into a life of addiction.

New York spends $12.07 billion a year in health care costs caused directly by smoking, and there are currently 280,000 children under the age of 18 and alive in New York who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.

The hearing on the legislation will begin at 7:30 pm on the 8th floor of the Westchester County Board of Freeholders courtroom.

  • THE DATA
– Cigarettes, hookah, chewing tobacco, cigarillos, cigars, dried snuff, sauces, and soluble nicotine have flavorings added to increase their appeal and palatability. Many come in a variety of flavors such as menthol, vanilla, orange, apple, cola, chocolate, cherry, coffee, and grape.
– Research shows that flavored tobacco products are widely considered “starter” products, and people who use them are more likely to be “hooked” than someone trying flavorless tobacco products for the first time.
– Flavoring masks the harshness of tobacco products, making them more addictive and harder to quit. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flavored tobacco is more addictive than regular tobacco products.
– In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned all flavored cigarettes except those containing menthol, and was given authority to regulate other tobacco products.
– There are a variety of new smokeless and flavored tobacco products, including dry, dip and chew tobacco, dissolvable nicotine, e-cigarettes, snus and energy mold.
– These products are popular with young people because they are attractive and are perceived as safer.
Also, because these products are smoke-free, youth can use these products at school and other public places without being identified as smokers.

Posted on November 11, 2022

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