W4CY 11-09-2023 & W4VET 11-12-2023

Law Enforcement Veteran Discusses FDA’s Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

Neill Franklin, retired law enforcement officer.Our first guest is Neill Franklin, a 34-year Law Enforcement Veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. Today, he will discuss the FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, which has prompted serious criminal justice concerns due to its potential to impact communities of color disproportionately. This prohibition-based approach could exacerbate negative interactions with law enforcement, raise incarceration rates, and further burden justice systems in all 50 states. This is a public health issue, not a law enforcement issue.

The proposed ban fails to consider alternative, evidence-based solutions such as consumer education and community-based healthcare initiatives, which have proven effective in reducing overall smoking rates without resorting to criminalization. It also fails to take into account the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2002-2020, which shows cigarette smoking, menthol cigarette smoking, and underage menthol smoking are at all-time lows.


Don Greco, Author of  The Series “The Youngstown Quintet.”

Don Greco is our second guest and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. and lived in Ohio all his life, fulfilling his career as a fifth-grade schoolteacher, a high school geometry teacher, and thirty-three years as a professor of mathematics. Don always dreamed of writing novels, so quietly, in his spare time, he wrote novels throughout his adult life. Today he will discuss his Series “The Youngstown Quintet”.  The first novel in the series is “Abramo’s Gift”.  It was followed in succeeding years by “Tommy the Quarterback”, “Dracaena Marginata”, “The Malandrine”, and the latest novel in the Quintet, coming out shortly is “The Ghost Hawk”, All his novels are written about the Youngstown, Ohio region and are set at different times in history. The novels are unrelated, have different characters, and are quite independent of each other, and they are novels about ordinary people who live extraordinary lives–stories about families.  Each of the novels have, as their backbones, a love story.

In 2014 and was granted by the influential industry magazine, Kirkus Reviews, a Kirkus Star and for his third novel “Dracaena Marginata”, which was designated as one of the best novels of the year. The books are presently available on-line from Amazon and Barns & Noble web sites and will soon be available in selected bookstores through Jan-Carol publishing company.  Don recently published his first childrens book, “What Ever, Happened To The Smooth-Tongued Cats.” published byJan Carol Publishing, its getting great reviews and children love the new book. For more information go to: https://greconovels.com/.


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