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Activists Say: Banning Newport, other flavored cigarettes puts Black lives in danger

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

Eric Garner’s mother Gwendolyn Carr says, for Black Men, selling a single cigarette, known as “loosey,” can lead to an arrest, a prison sentence or even death.


Six years ago, a police officer put her son in a chokehold and strangled him to death for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes on Staten Island, a borough of New York City.