Posted by: audreybenenati | February 16, 2010

Save tobacco control efforts from hurtful cuts

To the Editor:

Feb. 4 was World Cancer Day, and it seemed fitting that the same week the Onondaga County Legislature recognized Nancy St. Onge for her advocacy efforts around tobacco control. St. Onge has been battling cancer for several years. The No. 1 cause of cancer around the world and in the United States is tobacco use.

New York state is one of the few states continuing to see a decline in smoking rates among adults, while most other states stayed the same and/or increased. These reductions will not remain if we continue to cut funding to a program that has proven to be effective. Reducing and preventing tobacco use saves the state money and lives.

While there is no question that cuts need to be made, these reductions need to be made wisely. We need to protect programs that work and save money in the long run.

Kari Shanahan


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