Posted by: audreybenenati | June 9, 2010

Ask State To Keep Tobacco Prevention Program – post-journal.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Jamestown | Post-Journal


POSTED: June 9, 2010

New York is experiencing budget shortages, but gutting tobacco prevention funding is not the way to solve the state’s problems.

Over the last two years, the program has already been cut by 38 percent, resulting in a 7 percent increase in the number of smokers.

Smoking in New York already costs us over $8 billion a year in direct health care costs. Anything that would result in more people smoking would place a huge financial burden on us all. Saving a very small amount of money by cutting these programs would cost us billions in the future.

The public health effects of smoking are immense, not to mention the devastation that smoking brings to the lives and health of family members. The program is working well and creating cost savings for us by reducing smoking rates. The program also provides jobs to New Yorkers, jobs that improve the health of the state and its citizens.

Call your state senator and assemblyman today and ask them to not cut tobacco prevention and control funding!

Betsy Dahlgren

Frewsburg

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