The National Black Church Initiative questions the moral sincerity of some black clergy in Atlanta over the nicotine ban

Rev. Anthony Evans, President, NBCI

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, Aug. 21, 2022 / — Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 150,000 African-American and Latino churches representing 27.7 millions of worshipers, challenges the moral sincerity of Atlanta’s worried black clergy about the nicotine ban.

Reverend Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, said: “These 12 misinformed ministers should not be listened to regarding medical and scientific information. They are Bible scholars, not scientists. Therefore, we reject anything they have to say about nicotine and the black community.

We can only conclude that a sinister motive exists behind these 12 ministers and that appears to be money. What a sad day for the African American community and beyond when falsehoods embraced by the tobacco industry in place of evidence-based science, research and ethics become the basis for decision-making regarding our overall health and well-being.

The NBCI finds it doubtful that a small group of black clergy in Atlanta would support a nicotine ban given the unfounded analyzes made by those who do not want to ban nicotine. It makes absolutely no sense because nicotine kills over 400,000 Americans every year and the vast majority of them are African Americans. There is something very suspicious about the fact that these 12 ministers are willing to stake their reputations on an issue that is so clearly decided by science. In fact, black smokers have higher levels of nicotine addiction due to their use of menthol cigarettes, and although black smokers are more likely to try to quit, they are less likely to succeed. to stop. Nicotine is killing the black community and standing in front of cameras telling people that nicotine equals racism is nonsense.

There are 12 ministers out of NBCI’s 150,000 faithful who are willing to go against findings tied to the proven logic of science, research and ethics. Quite simply, nicotine is not that complicated, it is a chemical that kills. We know that none of these ministers were misinformed, but how is it that they suddenly decided against the rational standards of scientific reasoning. What is their motivation? Can we conclude that the tobacco industry is behind these illogical, irrational positions taken by these 12 ill-informed ministers? Could we conclude that there is an entity that pays them to espouse such unfounded positions?

Falsehoods about nicotine have permeated the African-American community in powerful and unfortunate ways. Predatory marketing has worked so well that we’ve seen the percentage of black smokers rise from 10% in the 1950s to 85% today. What becomes even more disconcerting about this view is that all the seminaries have been formed.

The caliber of such training generates a higher level of understanding not only of scholarship in their discipline, but also of critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Yet, without evidence, these same 12 ministers have linked racism as the justification for rejecting nicotine and why it is not embraced.

About the NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 150,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in health care, technology, education, housing and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide essential wellness information to all of its members and the public.

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