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Presentation in Richmond July 10 on tobacco and African-Americans

In an attempt to understand why African American males have
elevated rates of lung cancer compared to other ethnicities, the Contra Costa
Tobacco Prevention Coalition will hear a presentation Thursday in
Richmond titled "The African-Americanization of Menthol Cigarettes in the U.S."
The presentation will be given by Dr. Phil Gardiner, PhD,
research administrator with the University of California Office of the
President's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program. It will take
place at the Tobacco Prevention Coalition meeting scheduled from 10 a.m. to
noon July 10 at Bay Area Community Resource, 3219 Pierce St. at
Central Avenue in Richmond.
"Studies have shown that smokers may inhale menthol cigarettes
deeper than non-menthols," said Gardiner. "This may have an added impact on
African-American smokers, because the brands they use are
predominately mentholated brands."
Gardiner said statistics show that African Americans die more
often from smoking-related diseases than whites.
"Health disparities in smoking-related diseases are an
important consideration for our coalition," said Denice Dennis, manager of
Costa Health Services' Tobacco Prevention Project, which staffs the
coalition. "Menthol brands, which are marketed specifically to African
Americans, are also more addictive than any other brands of
The Tobacco Prevention Coalition is composed of 19 different
community groups and agencies. Other items on the coalition agenda Thursday
include a report on work by the West County youth action group
Empowerment Through Action.
Members of the group from Middle College High School in San
Pablo have been meeting with members of the San Pablo City Council regarding
consideration of a Tobacco-Free Youth Ordinance. The ordinance
limiting tobacco self-service displays has already been passed by the county
of Supervisors and the councils of 17 cities in Contra Costa.
For more information about the coalition or the county's
Tobacco Prevention Project, call Denice Dennis at 925-313-6825.
Run dates: 2003-07-09 - 2003-07-10

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