Menthol cigarettes, which continue to be used disproportionately by racial and ethnic minority smokers, LGBT smokers, and youth, are largely responsible for tobacco-related health disparities among these groups. Despite this, menthol flavored tobacco products continue to be widely available throughout the U.S. In recent years, a growing number of communities have taken steps to regulate menthol tobacco products, including restricting the sale of these products. This webinar gives a brief overview of the U.S. landscape of menthol tobacco regulation and provides the backstory of San Francisco’s historic legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol. It also presents findings from a new research project that uses computer simulations to examine how restrictions on menthol cigarette sales and retailer density can affect tobacco use behavior.

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Carol McGruder, Co-Chair & Founding Member, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Dr. Todd Combs, Assistant Director of Research, Center for Public Health Systems Science, Washington University in St. Louis
Kerry Cork, Senior Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center


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