SACRAMENTO, CA (July 28, 2022) – This morning, a coalition of Black legislators, doctors, public health advocates and activists came together to take a stand against Big Tobacco and their predatory tactics toward communities of color. A press conference was held to raise awareness around Proposition 31, which would save countless lives by eliminating the sale of flavored tobacco throughout California.
A statement from Erica Costa, Advocacy Director for the American Lung Association in California:
“We know that the tobacco industry has long targeted communities of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Proposition 31 seeks to end the sale of flavored products, including menthol. Voting yes on this measure would save lives and protect young people from getting hooked on nicotine. We strongly encourage voters to vote YES on Proposition 31 this November so that these deadly products are remove from shelves for good.“
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.