Backwards Budget Bill Would Send Progress Up in Smoke


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Statement from Donald Distasio, CEO, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ, Regarding Possible Elimination of NYS Tobacco Control Program in Assembly budget bill

"This has got to be a mistake.  How else can you explain something so short sighted and wrong headed? New York lawmakers should know better.

The state's Tobacco Control Program works, and by eliminating funding in the budget bill it introduced this past weekend, the Assembly will  make a bleak future for New York.  More death, suffering and misery from tobacco.  Smokers trapped in a deadly addiction with no way out.  An increasing number of kids taking up smoking.  Much higher long-term healthcare costs for New York's taxpayers.

Each day, the TCP helps people quit smoking by providing counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy.  Across New York, it  keeps kids from ever starting to smoke through community-based interventions. The TCP more than pays for itself – basically preventing illness, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs – especially in New York’s most vulnerable communities.  We urge the Assembly to amend its budget document to include the full appropriation as recommended by the Governor in his budget proposal.

The American Cancer Society is pleased that the Senate’s budget bill, also introduced over the weekend, includes an appropriation for the TCP that is consistent with Gov. Cuomo’s proposal of $58,415,000.”  

Additional Resources:
Action Alert on the Tobacco Control Program
New Fight Back Podcast with Russ Sciandra on the Assembly Plan
ACS CAN's page on the Tobacco Control Program
New York State Tobacco Control Program
New York State Smokers' Quitline

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