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Breaking the hold: Addressing racialized trauma and menthol inequities

Menthol and the use of mentholated tobacco products can significantly contribute to an individual’s mental health challenges and cause concern to overall wellbeing such as increased stress and anxiety. Commercial tobacco, and specifically menthol cigarettes, have been historically marketed toward Black and African American communities, resulting in higher menthol use in these communities. The gaps in policy and lack of accountability for predatorial practices create a hold on the communities’ capacity to create necessary, sustainable changes to eliminate the toll of tobacco. A history of racialized, systemic trauma compounds the challenges in individuals’ tobacco cessation and recovery journeys. Join the National Behavioral Health Network on Thursday, June 20, noon to 2 p.m. PT, for a masterclass on understanding systemic, racialized trauma in relation to tobacco-related health disparities and applying intersectional frameworks to address menthol inequities.

Date and Time: 
June 20, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Virtual