Oakland has banned the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco, a law supported by the ACCMA that is expected to go into effect in 2018. The Board President of the Bay Area Chapter of the American Heart Association and ACCMA member Doctor Alden McDonald III, said, “Flavored tobacco products—including menthol cigarettes and candy—are a key part of the industry’s strategy to bait youth, particularly youth of color, into becoming tomorrow’s addicted users. The American Heart Association strongly supports the Oakland City Council’s decision to protect our community’s health and well-being from these profit-driven practices.” To read a white paper from the California Medical Association about the consumption of these tobacco products and the resulting health effects, go to http://bit.ly/2vAltbf.