As the Connecticut General Assembly reconvenes in a special session on the state budget, the American Lung Association issued the following statement in response to the proposed language on the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Ruth Canovi, Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Connecticut said, "The American Lung Association strongly urges the Connecticut Legislature to remove the language concerning the sale of flavored tobacco products from the current budget proposal. The proposed policy falls far short of protecting Connecticut's children and will result in a dangerous step backward. The language, as being considered, will exacerbate health inequities by failing to address menthol combustible cigarettes and is riddled with loopholes, making it impossible to realize any significant positive health impacts.
"We urge the Connecticut Legislature and Governor Lamont to avoid catering to Big Tobacco and reject the language currently being considered. We ask that lawmakers regroup next session with a comprehensive measure to end the sale of menthol and all flavored tobacco products in Connecticut."
For far too long, the tobacco industry has targeted kids, Black Americans and others with menthol cigarettes, initiating them into a lifetime of addiction and tobacco-related death and disease. Eighty-five percent of Black Americans who smoke use menthol cigarettes, and close to half of all kids who start to smoke begin with menthol cigarettes. Comprehensive legislation ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products that includes menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars stands to save millions of lives while also addressing the public health injustices caused by the tobacco industry targeting communities of color with menthol.
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.