Cigarillo Use and Health Disparities
The Truth About Flavor trained students to explore their neighborhoods with a critical eye towards understanding the social justice issues contributing to health disparities and tobacco-related health outcomes in their community and in communities of color like South Central Los Angeles. It provided them with facts and figures on the dangers of flavored tobacco, and created a context in which they could examine community perceptions. Guest presenters including public health professionals and scholars spoke to the class on Big Tobacco and why flavored products with cheap price tags flood neighborhoods like South LA.
Students dove into tobacco literacy: interrogating tobacco marketing. They got their first taste of media literacy. Moving from critique to practice, students walked the area around their school, mapping the businesses selling tobacco products, the types of advertising they saw, and the prevalence of discarded butts and wrappers. They reflected on how they, their families, and their friends interacted with these products.
With this training, students were tasked with exploring, interpreting, and commenting on their local environment.