LETTER: From a constituent: Thank you for the curbing of menthol cigarettes

To the Editor:

Thank you to the St. Paul City Council for voting to get menthol tobacco products out of stores where kids can enter. Every day I see teens buying menthol cigarettes from the corner stores in my neighborhood and then hanging out in front of the stores to smoke. Historically, the tobacco industry actively targets the African-American community with menthol tobacco. As a result, our community suffers disproportionately from tobacco-related disease. This ordinance is a great step forward in our city’s efforts to reduce the harm caused by menthol tobacco and protect our youth from a lifetime of addiction and disease.

Keshawn Williams, St. Paul



 

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