There's nothing
just about Menthol.

For decades, the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed menthol-flavored products to specific communities, leading to disproportionate rates of death and disease in these groups

Menthol is not just a flavor.

Menthol-flavored tobacco products are smoother and better tasting, making it easier to start smoking and harder for to quit. Menthol is not JUST a flavor, it's a way for Big Tobacco to attract and addict new smokers and there's nothing JUST about it.

Learn more about the impact of Big Tobacco's manipulative tactics on our communities and how you can take action to help end this injustice.

A young Black American looking concerned about aggressive tobacco marketing that targets the Black community.


Since the 1950s, the tobacco industry has been aggressively marketing menthol-flavored cigarettes to Black Americans and has resulted in Black smokers.

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For decades, Big Tobacco has appeared as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. But their presence is not about support, it’s about aggressively marketing menthol tobacco products.

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A group of teens contemplating menthol's impact on our youth.
A young Black American looking concerned about aggressive tobacco marketing that targets the Black community.


More than half of youth ages 12-17 years old who smoke use menthol cigarettes, and the average age of a new smoker here in New York State is just 13 years old. No matter how you look at it, there's nothing just about it.

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