Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America and former Mayor of Mount Vernon Andre Wallace, will host a community panel, “Is the Menthol Cigarette Ban the New Stop and Frisk?” in Mount Vernon, New York.
The forum sponsors believe this county law will affect Black communities more than White communities. Depending on the data used, it is estimated that 74% to 95% of Black Americans smoke menthol cigarettes, and only 22% to 36% of White American smoke menthol cigarettes.
Policies like a menthol cigarette ban will increase crime. Increase police interactions. The number of people being pulled over and stopped will increase. The number of innocent Black men in jail will increase. Increase black market sales of menthol products from jurisdictions where it is legal. Let’s also remember that youth smoking is at an all-time low of 3.3 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At the same time, overall crime rates since the pandemic have increased.
The forum was moderated by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President /CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York.
Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach.
Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America.
Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.