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Unintended Consequences of Menthol Bans and Prohibitions

Unintended Consequences of Menthol Bans and Prohibitions

Presented By:
Friday, July 17,2020 starting at 10:00A
Virtual Webinar through Cisco Webex


Several states and municipalities are proposing to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. Smoking is bad and tobacco kills in addition to the debilitating effects of nicotine addiction and need to prevent youth from smoking. Prohibitions and flavor bans have been spotlights in the national media. This proposal seems race-neutral. But over 85% of African Americans who choose to smoke prefer menthol cigarettes while most White tobacco consumers prefer unflavored tobacco. To draw up a ban only against products favored by people of color seems not only unjust but also remarkably insensitive, resulting in officers having even more reason to detain and engage on the basis of a flavored tobacco ban, including menthol, and leading to encounters that are likely to escalate to the unnecessary use of force and arrests, as witnessed in Rancho Cordova, CA, and possibly deadly force as witnessed with the untimely death of Eric Garner in New York City.

As a community service, the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc. (NABLEO) will present a workshop entitled “Unintended Consequences of Menthol Bans and Prohibitions” that will explore the laudable intent of the public health community to decrease the use of tobacco products by communities of color, address the serious concerns of youth using tobacco products, and how to stem the tide of youth use of e-cigarettes. This program, presented in an online virtual setting, will take place on July 17, 2020, beginning at 10:00 AM EST, and is limited to the first 50 registrants. Registration for this program is available until July 10, 2020, and is open to all members of law enforcement, community groups, businesses, organizations and institutions. There is no fee for this program, however all registrations must be made online at

Facilitators will include Maj. Neil Franklin (Ret.), Maryland State Police, Executive Director/Law Enforcement Action Partnership; Commissioner Jiles Ship-New Jersey Police Training Commission, President New Jersey State Chapter of NOBLE; Hon. Kendrick Meek-Former Florida State Trooper, Congressman 17th Congressional District of Florida; and Captain Sonia Y.W. Pruitt (Ret.), LEAP National Spokesperson.

Telephone inquiries should be made to Lt. Charles Wilson (Ret.), National Chairman at (401) 465-9152, or Sally Thomason, Conference Chair at (732) 469-2690. ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED NOT LATER THAN SATURDAY JULY 11, 2020.


Charles P Wilson
Phone: 4014659152

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