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Menthol & Flavored Tobacco Products Meeting

Institution: Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails
Investigator(s): Kimberly Bankston-Lee,
Award Cycle: 2015 (Cycle 24) Grant #: 24ST-0046 Award: $2,500
Subject Area: Disparities /Prevention/ Cessation/ Nicotine Dependence
Award Type: Special Projects

Initial Award Abstract
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) and Kimberly Bankston Lee are requesting funding to support a community forum entitled: "Menthol and Flavored Tobacco Products: African Americans under Siege". The gathering will take place on Wednesday, October 28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento California. Ms. Bankston Lee is currently a co-Principal Investigator along with Dr. Elisa Tong on a Pilot CARA: Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence. This forum will disseminate tobacco related disease research findings and engage and encourage key African American health professionals, policy activists and tobacco control advocates to participate in activities to curb and regulate the use of menthol in the Black community. Specifically, Ms. Bankston Lee will disseminate research findings concerning smoking initiation and cessation among African American college students, especially highlighting the deleterious effects of menthol and flavored tobacco products sold near our schools and in our communities. Given her work with young adults and college students, she has found that many of them, especially African American smokers are users of menthol and other flavored tobacco product's.