NYS Menthol Ban is racially biased and will create a Disproportionate impact against Black People

As a health and wellness coach and someone who has written two books on the subject, this article is not supporting anyone who chooses to smoke cigarettes. My main concern is the racial disparity of outlawing only menthol cigarettes under the narrative of concern for the health and wellness of Black People in New York.  I am also a 32-year Law Enforcement Professional. I am constantly reminded of the history of good-willed legislation that negatively affects and increases the criminality rate in Black communities. Our elected official’s eyes are wide shut to the consequences of good-willed legislation that has gone too far. Why would Gov. Holcol put her energy into a menthol ban that Law Enforcement organizations and representatives throughout the state advise that it is a bad idea?  First, we must understand that smoking in the U.S. has dropped to an all-time low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 1 in 8 adults were current smokers. Youth smoking is also reported at an all-time low of 3.3 percent.  It’s almost like having political amnesia that the NYS has already made it illegal for stores to sell cigarettes to anyone under 21. NYS Article 13-F Section 1399-CC of [...]

NYS Menthol Ban is racially biased and will create a Disproportionate impact against Black People
As a health and wellness coach and someone who has written two books on the subject, this article is not supporting anyone who chooses to smoke cigarettes. My main concern is the racial disparity of outlawing only menthol cigarettes under the narrative of concern for the health and wellness of Black People in New York.  I am also a 32-year Law Enforcement Professional. I am constantly reminded of the history of good-willed legislation that negatively affects and increases the criminality rate in Black communities. Our elected official’s eyes are wide shut to the consequences of good-willed legislation that has gone too far. Why would Gov. Holcol put her energy into a menthol ban that Law Enforcement organizations and representatives throughout the state advise that it is a bad idea?  First, we must understand that smoking in the U.S. has dropped to an all-time low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 1 in 8 adults were current smokers. Youth smoking is also reported at an all-time low of 3.3 percent.  It’s almost like having political amnesia that the NYS has already made it illegal for stores to sell cigarettes to anyone under 21. NYS Article 13-F Section 1399-CC of [...]