New Yorkers to Rally to Restrict Flavored Tobacco on 10-Year Anniversary of Menthol Loophole
About 120,000 New Yorkers have died from smoking over the last decade
NEW YORK, NY (10/11/2019) (readMedia)-- On October 15th, the 10-year anniversary of the New York City Council's flawed 2009 flavored tobacco ban, Flavors Hook Kids NYC -- a coalition of parents, children, advocates, city leaders, and more than 100 organizations -- will rally to demand that the sale of all flavored tobacco products be restricted in New York, including menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes.
Ten years ago, the New York City Council approved legislation that prohibited the sale of chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice flavor tobacco products-- but exempted menthol, mint and wintergreen, which are among the most popular used by young people. Half of youth smokers smoke a menthol product.
New FDA survey data show youth use of e-cigarettes skyrocketed 135% in the last two years, and that five million middle and high school students nationwide now use e-cigarettes. Flavored e-cigarettes are the most popular type used by young people, and are also not covered by the City's 2009 tobacco flavors ban.
NYC Councilman Cabrera
NYC Councilman Levine
André M. Richardson, Campaign Manager of Flavors Hook Kids NYC
Members of the NAACP
Mike Davoli, American Cancer Society
Pastor Graham-Brown at Bronx Baptist Church
Gabe Galluci, Director of Governmental and Political Affairs at the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators
Darold Burgess, Ingersol Houses TA President
David Best, Current President of Community Education Council District 19
Derek Salud, Youth Group Organizer at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nikki Lucas, Founder and President of The People First Education Fund and People First Democratic Club
Pastor Addie Banks, The Groundswell Group, WEPA Coalition
Phillip Lynn, The Groundswell Group, WEPA Coalition
Chris Banks, East New York United Concerned Citizens
Shanequa M. Charles, Miss Abbie’s Kids Inc.
Kujegi Camara, SCWEN
Reverend Kevin McCall, Founder of Crisis Action Center
Jesse Heindrich, PS9 PTO
Bishop Curt Courtenay, Emmanuel Church of God
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
**LIST IS IN FORMATION**
NYC Council Members + New Yorkers to Rally to Restrict Flavored Tobacco on 10-Year Anniversary of Menthol Loophole.
|Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 10:00AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
|City Hall Steps
Manhattan, New York