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Health Groups File Second Lawsuit Against the US FDA

HEALTH GROUPS FILE SECOND LAWSUIT AGAINST THE US FDA While the Biden Administration Delays the Rule on Menthol, Death Toll Rises Daily WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 2, 2024 – The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and the National Medical Association (NMA), represented

Strengthening Social Justice Worldwide

Social justice is both a public health and a human rights issue, and our work at ASH is designed to improve social justice around the world. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes that social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and

ASH’s Accomplishments in 2023

ASH’s work is based on the principle that the actions of the tobacco industry – producing, marketing, and selling addictive products that kill when use as intended – violates human rights, such as the right to health, that have been recognized at the highest level through international, regional, and national legal

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The FDA’s Delay: One Year and Counting

If you could press a button and save lives, how long would you wait to press it? 1 minute? 1 hour? How about a day or a week? What about a year? Today (April 28, 2023) marks one year since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their proposed rule

Fighting for your Right to Health | CERD Day 2023

Our goal at ASH is to protect everyone from the harms of tobacco. One way we strive to achieve that goal is by reducing health inequities and fighting for everyone’s right to health. In honor of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), here are some of the

120 Organizations Call on UN Committee to Recommend US Remove Menthol

120 Organizations Call on UN Committee to Recommend US Remove Menthol Tobacco Companies’ Marketing Tactics Violate Black Americans’ Right to be Free from Racial Discrimination Washington, DC – August 9, 2022 – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), and the DC Tobacco-Free

Call for Organizations to Sign On

Black Americans have been intentionally targeted by the tobacco industry for decades. As a result, nearly 9 out of 10 of African Americans that smoke, smoke menthols. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), and the DC Tobacco-Free Coalition are fighting back and calling on

ASH Comment to FDA on Menthol

ASH submitted our comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 6, 2022, asking them to remove menthol from tobacco products. Read ASH’s comment here> This comment is submitted in response to the FDA’s proposed rule on menthol that was announced following our joint lawsuit with AATCLC, AMA,

Lawsuit Against the FDA Dismissed in Light of Menthol Rulemaking Process

Lawsuit Against the FDA Dismissed in Light of Menthol Rulemaking Process Joint Statement from the Plaintiffs Declaring Victory WASHINGTON, DC – June 1, 2022 –Today, we are pleased to announce that we are dismissing our lawsuit against the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A rulemaking process to ban menthol

Statement on FDA’s Proposed Rule Banning Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor

Media Contact: Megan Arendt 202-390-9513 Statement on FDA’s Proposed Rule Banning Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor Statement of Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy, Managing Attorney at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) WASHINGTON, DC – April 28, 2022 – Today, Action on Smoking and Health is thrilled to celebrate the news that the Food

ASH Commends FDA for Finally Starting Process to Save Black Lives

Media Contact: Megan Arendt (202) 659 – 4310 ASH Commends FDA for Finally Starting Process to Save Black Lives Menthol in Cigarettes is a Known Deadly Combination that Must End WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25, 2022 – After many years of delay and a directive from a federal judge, today

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Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights Through Tobacco Control

Every December 10th is Human Rights Day, and this year (2021) the theme is “Equality- Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights.” For ASH, this theme is very welcome, as we strive to center our tobacco control work around these principles. This year in particular, ASH has been focused on the intersection

Statement on FDA’s Response in Favor of Banning Menthol

Statement on FDA’s Response in Favor of Banning Menthol Statement of Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy, Managing Attorney at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) WASHINGTON, DC – April 29, 2021 –Today, we celebrate with all Americans that the Food and Drug Administration took a powerful step towards banning menthol and saving lives,

97 Organizations Agree, UN Human Rights Committee Must Address Menthol

Media Contact: Megan Arendt arendtm@ash.org (202)390-9513 97 Organizations Agree, UN Human Rights Committee Must Address Menthol Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) leads 97 organizations from around the world in this public health appeal to end racial discrimination Washington, DC – April 21, 2021 – Today, as we continue to

Tobacco Companies Racially Discriminate Against Minorities

 Tobacco use disproportionately affects many marginalized populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, who have a long and documented history of being aggressively targeted by the tobacco industry. ASH supports those who categorize the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing as institutional racism. Read more on that here> You might be thinking,

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Menthol Marketing Exposes Institutional Racism

Guest Blog Author: Michael Schwalbe, Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University When it comes to destroying Black lives, no modern American institution can match the tobacco industry. It isn’t just that 45,000 Black Americans die of tobacco-related diseases every year; it isn’t just that tobacco use is the

Why Tobacco Still Matters

By: Chris Bostic, Policy Director at ASH January 12, 2021 Our national house is on fire. And it’s flooded. And it’s falling into a sinkhole. Focusing on a broken window right now would be ludicrous. The same might be said for working to end the tobacco epidemic during an historic

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National Medical Association (NMA) Joins AATCLC, AMA AND ASH IN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FDA

National Medical Association (NMA) Joins AATCLC, AMA and ASH in Lawsuit Against the FDA Lawsuit seeks to require the FDA to take action on menthol cigarettes Media Contacts: AATCLC: Tracy Brown, 888-881-6619 x105 AMA: Kelly Jakubek, 765-414-3862 ASH: Megan Arendt, 202-390-9513 NMA: Michael Peery, 312-217-2260 WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 3, 2020 – Today,