All this month, we’ve teamed up with illustrators and artists to help us celebrate ending Big Tobacco's presence in Black communities. Our first artist is Desarea Guyton ( @desi.doodles ) who says, "In my community, it bothers me how busy tobacco stores are. Cars fill up the lot or going through a drive thru. It amazes me how often these cars and trucks must be there to support the habit. On a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I think how much money is spent on tobacco as a coping mechanism. A mechanism to fit in, lessen stress, or something they simply grew up around. That money could be used to payoff some of the things they are struggling with. I want people to recognize their worth. To not willingly take something that could add to their struggles.
Thank you, Desarea! Check back here through the rest of February for more amazing art and artists' stories.