Posted by: audreybenenati | May 13, 2010

Advocates Call For Restoration of Funding To Anti-Tobacco Program (2010-05-06)


(WAMC) – Advocates say the Department of Health’s TCP (Tobacco Use, Prevention and Control Program) has lost much of its effectiveness after a taking a 30 million dollar budget cut over the last two years, and the smoking rate among New Yorkers has risen. The TCPs budget WAS about 85 and a half million dollars in 2007, reduced to 55 million by 2009. The budget cuts led to a domino effect: a 30 per cent reduction in the number of anti-smoking ads on TV, followed by a 25 per cent drop in awareness of anti-smoking messages among smokers.
The Smoker’s Quitline reported a 45 per cent reduction in calls during the first three months of 2010 vs. the same period last year, contributing to a 50 per cent reduction in the number of free Nicotine patch starter kits given to smokers trying to quit. A broad coalition of health and consumer groups say cuts to the New York State budget have serious consequences… Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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