Faith leaders gather at Capitol to promote 'No Menthol Sunday'
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
Local pastors and faith leaders want members of their congregations to say no to mentholated tobacco products.
They gather at the Arkansas State Capitol Friday to promote "No Menthol Sunday" this Sunday, May 22.
Those leaders say the tobacco industry targets the African American community and Arkansas's youth when marketing mentholated tobacco products.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 80 percent of adult African Americans who smoke choose a menthol product.
Experts say the menthol flavor masks the harshness of smoking, making it easier for kids to smoke.