CA: End the Sale of flavored tobacco in Compton

Recipients

  • Your Municipal Officials

Contact

*Required fields
 
 

Message

Please End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products with No Exemptions

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a Compton resident and a supporter of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I applaud the City Council for its work to protect the health of our community by considering ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products. The dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth is being driven by flavored tobacco products. 80 percent of youth who have ever used a tobacco product used a flavored product the first time.



The tobacco industry has purposely targeted the African American community with menthol products with full knowledge that menthol makes it easier to start smoking and harder to quit. Only a comprehensive policy that ends the sale of all flavored tobacco products will be effective in addressing the public health crisis we face. Any exemptions will weaken the ordinance, creating loopholes for young people to access flavored tobacco products that can lead to a lifetime of addiction. Preventing youth tobacco use and addiction is one of the most important public health actions policymakers can take. I hope to see our city join the more than 50 other cities and counties in California, including the County of Los Angeles, and the city of Carson, which have enacted comprehensive flavored tobacco restrictions.

I thank you for your leadership on this important issue and respectfully urge the council to enact the strongest protections available by ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products citywide, including menthol cigarettes, flavored e-cigarettes, and all other flavored tobacco products.

Thank you,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]