Blair Horner on the NJ Up In Smoke Report
Billions in Revenue from Tobacco, Little to Help Smokers Quit and Keep Kids from Smoking
Statement from Blair Horner, Vice President for Advocacy, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ, regarding Up in Smoke report detailing inadequate state spending on anti-tobacco programs despite billions in revenue from tobacco.
"New Jersey ranks 46th in the nation in funding programs to help smokers quit. It's shameful that the state can collect billions of dollars from smokers in the form of taxes and spend less than one percent to help smokers who want to quit. New Jersey leaders need to realize the failure to fund tobacco control programs will have long-term effects on the state's health and economy. It's frustrating because the math on this is so simple. Even in these difficult budget times, tobacco prevention is a smart investment that saves lives and saves money by reducing health care costs."
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