During the final week of June, the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) was held in New Orleans. Over 2,500 public health professionals, advocates, and community leaders from across the country came together to learn, strategize and commit to making communities across our country healthier.
At this year's conference, the fight to save Black lives by ending the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes and flavored cigars was front and center.
The day before the conference started, we hosted "The Case Against Menthol" ancillary lunch event to provide attendees with a briefing on our FDA lawsuit from the key plaintiffs in the case.
On day two of the conference, Carol and Dr. Val headlined the morning's opening plenary session "Consequences of a Match Made in Hell" alongside our friends David Mendez, PhD and Thuy Le, PhD. This session taught attendees about the leading research outlining the destructive impact the tobacco industry has had on Black Americans.
On the final evening of the conference, we hosted our Menthol Soiree "Celebrating our Triumphs as we Prepare to Finish the Fight" with the Center for Black Health and Equity.
The soiree gave us the opportunity to honor the Public Health Law Center, Christopher Leung, Joelle Lester, and Kendall Stagg for their tremendous contributions to the fight to save Black lives.