No Menthol Sunday (May 28th), a national observance day led by NAATPN, Inc. is an important opportunity to engage faith leaders and their communities in a discussion about how to improve health outcomes for African Americans. Tobacco is still the number one killer of African Americans, and people of faith can play a major role in changing this. Not only do we take this day to encourage congregations to support one another in escaping tobacco addiction, but we also aim to highlight the role of menthol in particular.
In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) began funding a National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) consisting of states, territories, tribes, and National Organizations. OSH added to the NTCP, six funded National Networks representing African American; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian American/Pacific Islander; Hispanic/Latino; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender; Women and Youth; and Low Socio-economic Populations.
In 2008, OSH began funding the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) to focus tobacco control leadership, expertise and promotion in the African American community.
After you take the pledge, be sure to download our official No Menthol Sunday toolkit. Your toolkit includes suggested event-day activities, menthol fact sheet, announcements, discussion topic talking points, and promotional graphics. Download individual items below. Click here to download the full toolkit.
Tobacco is still the number one killer of African Americans, and people of faith can play a major role in changing this.
Adding menthol to cigarettes makes smoking easier to start and harder to quit. By adding this flavoring, tobacco companies have successfully recruited both youth and marginalized populations. Studies show that placing a ban on menthol may save lives and prevent 9 million people from starting to smoke.
It is up to faith institutions, members and leaders to actively take a stand against the sale of menthol. We can do this together.
No Menthol Sunday is May 28, 2017.
Suggested activities and resources for No Menthol Sunday include Pathways to Freedom DVD Screening, CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign, Neighborhood prayer walk, and sermon topics. For more information about each of these visit http://www.naatpn.org/nmspledge.
Church fans commemorating No Menthol Sunday 2017 are available. They serve as both fact sheets and cooling mechanisms. Visit our Resource Page to submit an order. To ensure your fans arrive on time, be sure to place your order as early as possible.