Keep New Yorkers from Getting Cancer: Bolster the state’s tobacco control
Tobacco causes the overwhelming majority of lung cancers in New York State, and accounts for approximately one in four cancer deaths.
New York State must increase the total budget for the Tobacco Control Program to at least $52 million a year.
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Increase Funding for the NYS Tobacco Control Program
Dear [Decision Maker],
Tobacco causes the overwhelming majority of lung cancers in New York State, and accounts for approximately one in four cancer deaths. As budget negotiations move forward, I believe it is essential for New York to make a robust effort in reducing tobacco use by increasing the total budget for New York's Tobacco Control Program (TCP) to at least $52 million a year.
As you know, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in New York. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, and many other serious illnesses. These are diseases that ruin lives, and result in enormous health care costs to the state. Yet, we have a proven weapon on our side: the TCP. The TCP is an evidence-based, scientifically proven program that delivers cutting edge interventions and services that improve health and reduce tobacco related health care costs.
As your constituent, I urge you to fight to increase money for the TCP and ensure that New York's Tobacco Control Program is adequately funded.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]