The Public Health Impact of Menthol Tobacco Products

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The Public Health Impact of Menthol Tobacco Products

June 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Office, U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Presented by Sean McCormick, PhD, MS, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist – Senior Project Manager at Latino Connection, a Color & Culture Catalyst.


  • Understand the public health and social justice impacts of menthol tobacco products.
  • Learn about how menthol makes nicotine products more addictive.
  • Illustrate the connection between menthol products and tobacco use initiation in young people.
  • Explore tobacco industry marketing tactics related to menthol and cultural identities and communities of color.

More than 50% of teen smokers start with a menthol brand.

Among Black teens, the rate of menthol smoking is over 90%.

Menthol brands are used by 85% of Black smokers.

Let’s change that.

Audience: General public, community leaders, public health, medical, and social services professionals, teachers, students, parents.

Cost: Free

Community Health Workers may apply for continuing education units.