The impact of targeted marketing of menthol products has been devastating. Tobacco is the leading contributor to the three main causes of death among African Americans: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. African-American youth have not been spared either, as the menthol flavor cuts down on the harshness of the cigarettes which makes them easier to inhale, easier to get hooked on and harder to quit.
"I'm confident that these young leaders will have a positive impact on their schools and neighborhoods," said Kari Lerch, Southeast Regional Prevention Center Director for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth.
Wisconsin groups that are concerned about Medicaid’s future are organizing a statewide Day of Action on June 15, during which they are encouraging supporters to call Wisconsin’s Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and make their voices heard.
“We want to remind the LGBTQ community that you can be yourself, have fun, and be smoke-free,” said Anneke Mohr, coordinator for the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, which is led by the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.