By Sep 30, U.S. tobacco companies are required to post health risk labels

According to a joint statement from the Center for Health System Improvement, CAI, and the New York State Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program, in order to promote smoke-free communities and health system improvements, major U.S. tobacco companies must post visual signs at the approximately 220,000 retailers that sell cigarettes in the United States that inform people about smoking.

As directed by the Federal Court, the signs, known as corrective statements, will be installed around the tobacco showrooms of these stores from July 1 to September 30, 2023, and will remain on display until June 30, 2025.

This action will greatly benefit communities of color that have been invaded by tobacco advertising and the saturation of cigarette products of all flavors. These products attract and become addicted to new teen smokers, making it more difficult to quit.

AmandaHuck RealityCheck Project director (Amandah Ucksoll) pointed out that “Big Tobacco” uses black culture as a marketing strategy to promote menthol tobacco to black Americans. Menthol cigarettes make smoking more addictive and harder to quit.

In addition, there are ten times as many tobacco retail outlets in black and brown communities as there are tobacco retail outlets in total, which means that consumers in these areas are exposed to more tobacco advertising and products that are easily accessible. These cigarette retailers are often close to schools, community centers and health facilities.

In December, however, a federal court finally issued a mandatory order requiring tobacco companies, including Altria, Philip Morris USA, Reynolds Cigarettes and Kingdom Cigarettes, to comply. These signs will vividly show the harm caused by smoking and second-hand smoke and the truth about smoking addiction.