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Faith community unites to help members quit tobacco

5/17/2016, 9:35 a.m.
On May 22, the faith community will rally in a nationwide, interfaith effort to address smoking and tobacco use in ...

Faith community unites to help members quit tobacco

On May 22, the faith community will rally in a nationwide, interfaith effort to address smoking and tobacco use in the African American community. Deemed No Menthol Sunday, the observance day calls faith leaders around the country to educate congregants about how the tobacco industry targets the African American community in marketing mentholated tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. The day also serves to remind followers that unhealthy habits may not be in line with their belief systems.

“This is a really important time to discuss tough issues that are often left unspoken about—especially in the Black Christian church,” said Delmonte Jefferson, executive director of NAATPN. “During this second annual No Menthol Sunday, we are encouraging one another to bring to light serious concerns about our health and the impact mentholated tobacco products have on African American communities.”

According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 80 percent of

adult African Americans who smoke choose menthols. Studies also show that

while African Americans try more often than white people to stop smoking,

they are less successful.

More than one hundred faith-based organizations and community members

participated in the event last year. For more information, visit www.naatpn.org.