Make Public Health A Priority In Pennsylvania
Dear [Decision Maker],
This week, over 140 of my fellow volunteers with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be visiting their lawmakers in Harrisburg to talk about cancer issues.As someone in your district who cares about cancer, I am writing to echo their message. Please help make cancer prevention and screening a top priority in Pennsylvania by reducing harm from secondhand smoke and protecting funds for breast and cervical cancer screenings in our Commonwealth.
You can do this by: - Strengthening Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act to protect all Pennsylvania workers from secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke is an occupational hazard for many Pennsylvania workers, including bar, casino, private club, and hotel employees, and a preventable cause of disease and death. Secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths, including more than 7,000 lung cancer deaths, among nonsmoking adults each year in the US. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, should also be prohibited everywhere smoking is prohibited to protect against secondhand exposure to nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals and to ensure that the benefits and enforcement of existing smoke-free laws are not compromised. Employees should not have to choose between their job and their health.- Maintaining the FY 17 funding level of $2.563 million annually for the HealthyWoman program. The HealthyWoman Program provides free Pap tests and mammograms to women aged 40 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured and are low-income. In 2017, an estimated 11,300 women in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,900 will die from the disease. Additionally, an estimated 520 women in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 160 will die from the disease.
All Pennsylvanians should have the right to breathe smoke-free air. No one should have to choose between their livelihood and their health.I am asking for your support to protect public health in Pennsylvania by strengthening Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act to protect all workers from secondhand smoke including from e-cigarettes and protect funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings in the HealthyWoman program ensuring that all women have the opportunity to receive lifesaving cancer screenings and services.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]