American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

VT: Tell Lawmakers End Menthol Flavoring

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I'm writing today to share with you the importance of ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. I urge you to share this information with your colleagues and champion the passage of S. 288 with the inclusion of ALL flavored tobacco products.

The evidence is clear; Big Tobacco has used menthol cigarettes to target our kids and minority communities with their minty-flavored poison.
~ Fact: Menthol is a flavor.
~ Fact: Menthol is a numbing agent, allowing the smoker to inhale more deeply.
~ Fact: Menthol increases the absorption of nicotine into mouth tissues. The faster the nicotine absorption, the more addicted the user becomes, and the more poison they ingest.
~ Fact: For the reasons above, those who smoke menthol cigarettes have a harder time quitting smoking.
~ Fact: Menthol cigarettes are targeted at kids. 54% of teens who smoke, smoke menthol cigarettes.
~ Fact: Seven out of 10 black youth who smoke, smoke menthol cigarettes.
~ Fact: Big Tobacco has targeted minority communities, including African American, Latino, and LGBTQ communities, with menthol products for years.
~ Fact: The NAACP, National Urban League and Delta Sigma Theta all support the banning of menthol cigarettes due to their negative impact on the health and well-being of the African American community.

The facts are clear; failing to include the sale of menthol cigarettes in S. 288 would be doing an epic disservice to our children and all residents of the Green Mountain State.
I urge you to share this information with your colleagues and champion the passage of legislation that ends the sale of ALL flavored tobacco products.
I look forward to hearing your response on this important issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]