KCBS_740 SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Some African-American public health leaders say too many Black people are dying from tobacco-related diseases, and feel that not much attention has been paid to the issue.

Dr. Phillip Gardiner of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council says this is unacceptable

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Gardiner, who was with other members of the leadership council in downtown Oakland is calling on President Obama to reinstate language that was deleted from a federal report that states that the Black community is subjected to predatory marketing of menthol and other flavored tobacco products.

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“There are more billboard advertisements, there’s more special promotions. Menthol cigarettes are cheaper in the African-American communities than they are in other communities. We have data to support this,” Gardiner told KCBS.

It’s estimated that 45,000 African-Americans die each year from tobacco-related disease.

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“It’s killing more people than AIDS, violence, than other forms of cancer that are non-tobacco related combined,” Carol McGruder of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council said.