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]