On this Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, Black leaders from the Menthol Coalition and anti-tobacco advocates are urging lawmakers to commit to racial justice by ending menthol tobacco sales. Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation support the move and spokeswoman Laura Smith says…

“So right now there’s been understandably a focus on black lives and black health and what we can do to better protect those things and we know that menthol tobacco addiction is the leading cause of disease, suffering and death among African Americans.”

Smith says the tobacco industry has used menthol flavors for decades to racially segment and target customers, especially Black Americans.