Phillip Gardener, Ph.D.

What’s menthol got to do with it? Everything!

Monday, November 5, 2018
4:00 p.m.
VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
601 W. Broad St.

Reception and light hors d’oeuvres to follow

Phillip Gardiner, Ph.D.
University of California Office of the President

Talk abstract: Menthol cigarettes are disproportionately used by African American smokers; 85% of adults and 94% of youth. These products are more heavily advertised and the prices are cheaper in the Black community. Menthol when added to cigarettes allows for deeper inhalation, the intake of greater toxins and nicotine makes menthol cigarettes harder to quit. These phenomena, coupled with lack of health coverage and distrust of the health system has led to African Americans dying disproportionately from tobacco related disease. And to add insult to injury, when the Senate empowered the FDA to regulate tobacco, they (the Senate) outlawed 13 flavors in 2009, it exempted menthol. Today, menthol selling restrictions are principally taking place at the local level, with much momentum created after San Francisco passed the first City-wide restriction on the sale of menthol and all flavored menthol tobacco products, including flavored e-juices.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products in the Department of Psychology