On August 4th, the American Heart Association joined other tobacco-free partners to publicly call for the end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, in the city of Columbus.
Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death. Nationwide, an estimated 480,000 people die yearly from smoking tobacco products, including flavored tobacco products, which Big Tobacco uses to intentionally target young people, communities of color, particularly Black communities, the LGBTQ+ community, and limited-income populations.
Flavored tobacco products pose a serious public health risk and are contributing to recent increases in youth tobacco use. The AHA is calling on all Columbus residents to help urge the City of Columbus to continue holding Big Tobacco accountable and put an end to the proliferation of flavored tobacco products by ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Columbus.