American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

PA Tobacco Control Funding to All Lawmakers

Recipients

  • State Senator Bob Mensch
  • State Senator Anthony 'Tony' H. Williams
  • State Senator Lisa M. Boscola
  • State Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr.
  • State Senator Daniel 'Dan' Laughlin
  • State Senator Art Haywood
  • State Senator Ryan P. Aument
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' J. Stefano
  • State Senator Michele Brooks
  • State Senator Mario M. Scavello
  • State Senator Scott Martin
  • State Senator John R. Gordner
  • State Senator Jake Corman
  • State Senator Mike Regan
  • State Senator John T. Yudichak
  • State Senator John DiSanto
  • State Senator Lisa Baker
  • State Senator Robert 'Tommy' M. Tomlinson
  • State Senator Vincent J. Hughes
  • State Senator Christine 'Tina' M. Tartaglione
  • State Senator David 'Dave' G. Argall
  • State Senator John P. Sabatina Jr.
  • State Senator Sharif Street
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' M. Browne
  • State Senator Elder A. Vogel Jr.
  • State Senator Kim L. Ward
  • State Senator Gene Yaw
  • State Senator Judith 'Judy' L. Schwank
  • State Senator James 'Jim' R. Brewster
  • State Senator Scott E. Hutchinson
  • State Senator Jay Costa
  • State Senator Wayne D. Fontana
  • State Representative Martin 'Marty' T. Causer
  • State Representative Rob W. Kauffman
  • State Representative Chris Sainato
  • State Representative David 'Dave' S. Hickernell
  • State Representative Jesse Topper
  • State Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
  • State Representative Jared G. Solomon
  • State Representative Isabella 'Izzy' V. Fitzgerald
  • State Representative Christopher 'Chris' M. Rabb
  • State Representative Christopher 'Chris' B. Quinn
  • State Representative Tina Pickett
  • State Representative Angel Cruz
  • State Representative Robert Freeman
  • State Representative Steve Samuelson
  • State Representative Daryl D. Metcalfe
  • State Representative Matthew D. Dowling
  • State Representative Bud Cook
  • State Representative Anita Astorino Kulik
  • State Representative Kurt A. Masser
  • State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver
  • State Representative Gerald 'Jerry' J. Mullery
  • State Representative Tarah Toohil
  • State Representative Jerry Knowles
  • State Representative Doyle Heffley
  • State Representative John A. Lawrence
  • State Representative Mark M. Gillen
  • State Representative P. Mike 'Mike' Sturla
  • State Representative David M. Maloney Sr.
  • State Representative Tina M. Davis
  • State Representative Joe Emrick
  • State Representative Todd Stephens
  • State Representative Kevin J. Boyle
  • State Representative Pamela 'Pam' A. DeLissio
  • State Representative Rosemary M. Brown
  • State Representative George Dunbar
  • State Representative Craig T. Staats
  • State Representative Kate A. Klunk
  • State Representative Parke Wentling
  • State Representative Dan Frankel
  • State Representative Russ Diamond
  • State Representative Aaron D. Kaufer
  • State Representative Peter Schweyer
  • State Representative Brett R. Miller
  • State Representative Tim Hennessey
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' J. Driscoll
  • State Representative Jack Rader Jr.
  • State Representative Jason Dawkins
  • State Representative Tommy Sankey
  • State Representative Anthony 'Tony' M. DeLuca
  • State Representative Aaron Bernstine
  • State Representative Jason Ortitay
  • State Representative Barry J. Jozwiak
  • State Representative Ryan Warner
  • State Representative David H. Zimmerman
  • State Representative Rich Irvin
  • State Representative Jeff C. Wheeland
  • State Senator Camera Bartolotta
  • State Representative Paul Schemel
  • State Representative Patrick 'Pat' J. Harkins
  • State Representative Bryan Cutler
  • State Representative Susan 'Sue' C. Helm
  • State Representative Joanna E. McClinton
  • State Representative Brian Kirkland
  • State Representative Karen Boback
  • State Representative Frank A. Farry
  • State Representative Donna Bullock
  • State Representative Mike Carroll
  • State Representative Tim Briggs
  • State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
  • State Representative Leanne Krueger
  • State Representative Jim Cox
  • State Representative Robert 'Rob' F. Matzie
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' Peifer
  • State Representative Jim Marshall
  • State Representative Gary Day
  • State Representative John T. Galloway
  • State Representative Seth M. Grove
  • State Representative Ed Neilson
  • State Representative Daniel 'Dan' J. Deasy
  • State Representative Donna Oberlander
  • State Representative Zachary 'Zach' Mako
  • State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
  • State Representative Matthew 'Matt' D. Bradford
  • State Representative Greg Rothman
  • State Representative Frank Burns
  • State Representative Sheryl M. Delozier
  • State Representative Brad Roae
  • State Representative Mark Longietti
  • State Representative Curtis 'Curt' G. Sonney
  • State Representative Maureen E. Madden
  • State Representative Jonathan Fritz
  • State Representative Scott Conklin
  • State Representative Dan L. Miller
  • State Representative Dan Moul
  • State Representative Patty Kim
  • State Representative Carol Hill-Evans
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' H. Schlossberg
  • State Representative Mark Rozzi
  • State Representative Mary Jo Daley
  • State Representative Dawn W. Keefer
  • State Representative Jordan A. Harris
  • State Representative Brian Sims
  • State Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
  • State Representative Ed Gainey
  • State Representative Stephen Kinsey
  • State Representative David R. Millard
  • State Representative Keith J. Greiner
  • State Representative Perry S. Warren
  • State Representative Mindy Fee
  • State Representative R. Lee 'Lee' James
  • State Representative Morgan Cephas
  • State Representative Pam 'Pamela' Snyder
  • State Representative Steven 'Steve' C. Mentzer
  • State Representative Greg Vitali
  • State Representative Jake Wheatley Jr.
  • State Representative Thomas 'Tom' L. Mehaffie III
  • State Representative Kerry A. Benninghoff
  • State Representative Frank X. Ryan
  • State Representative Martina A. White
  • State Representative Keith Gillespie
  • State Representative Kathy L. Rapp
  • State Representative Eric R. Nelson

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Message

Preserve Pennsylvania's Successful Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs

Dear [Decision Maker],

Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life. (PA Department of Health)

As you consider the details of the FY 2018 budget, we urge you to maintain funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $14 million.

Background:
Through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, the major tobacco companies settled claims with 46 states, including Pennsylvania, to recover Medicaid costs associated with treating tobacco-related illnesses. In exchange for the states dropping their lawsuits, the tobacco companies agreed to make annual payments in perpetuity to the settling states.

Since the General Assembly passed Act 77 in 2001, the Tobacco Settlement Fund has focused on funding health-related programs for Pennsylvanians, including tobacco use prevention and cessation. Since then, Pennsylvania has made significant inroads in preventing kids from smoking and helping adults to quit. More details on these lifesaving programs are available online through the Health Department's tobacco prevention and cessation program.

http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Healthy%20Living/Smoke%20Free%20Tobacco/Pages/default.aspx#.WVPBv8TD-wW

Although these programs have been successful in reducing tobacco use, more work needs to be done. As noted on the attached fact sheet, 18.1% of Pennsylvania adults and 12.9% of high school students still smoke, both well above the national averages of 15.1% and 10.8% respectively. Without state-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs, these numbers will not continue to decline.

When tobacco prevention and cessation programs lose funds, smoking increases. In a state like Pennsylvania, where an estimated $2.07 billion is spent through Medicaid on treating tobacco-related illnesses, the cost can be significant. Total annual health care costs in Pennsylvania directly caused by smoking are over $6 billion.

Don't make this Pennsylvania's legacy! We urge you to continue to fund PA tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $14 million.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]