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LPHI Statement on the FDA’s Decision to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Cigar Flavors

“We fully support the FDA’s decision to ban menthol cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This decision will not only lower smoking rates, but it also addresses the racist and inequitable practices Big Tobacco has used for generations to market highly addictive menthol cigarettes to the Black community, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

This decision builds on the momentum we’re seeing right now for strategic conversations at the federal, state, and local levels about health equity and addressing institutional racism. People need the foundational understanding of our history to carry forward effective conversations and actions to address racial inequities. Eliminating menthol and cigar flavors is a step in the right direction to help us further address and eliminate inequitable health outcomes that disproportionally affect Louisiana residents.

Through our work on the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Project ASIRT, we provide specialized support to community members, community-based organizations, and clinics to promote tobacco education and cessation efforts, with a special focus on addressing tobacco-related health disparities in the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. This decision aligns with our state-wide efforts and allows us to further our cessation work to better the overall health and wellness of all. Those interested in starting their quit journey can call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) or visit”

Tiffany Jeanminette
Policy & Equity
Louisiana Public Health Institute