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 Joseph 'Joe' B. Scarnati III
  • State Senator Andrew 'Andy' E. Dinniman
  • State Senator Wayne Langerholc Jr.
  • State Senator Daniel 'Dan' J. Laughlin
  • State Senator Arthur 'Art' L. Haywood III
  • State Senator Ryan P. Aument
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' J. Stefano
  • State Senator Michele Brooks
  • State Senator Mario M. Scavello
  • State Senator Scott F. Martin
  • State Senator John R. Gordner
  • State Senator Jacob 'Jake' D. Corman III
  • State Senator Mike R. Regan
  • State Senator John T. Yudichak
  • State Senator John P. Blake
  • State Senator John M. DiSanto
  • State Senator Lisa J. 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 T. Street
  • State Senator Lawrence 'Larry' M. Farnese Jr.
  • State Senator Patrick 'Pat' M. Browne
  • State Senator Elder A. Vogel Jr.
  • State Senator Kim L. Ward
  • State Senator Gene Yaw
  • State Senator Daylin B. Leach
  • State Senator Judith 'Judy' L. Schwank
  • State Senator James 'Jim' R. Brewster
  • State Senator Scott E. Hutchinson
  • State Senator Thomas 'Tom' H. Killion
  • State Senator Jay Costa Jr.
  • State Senator Wayne D. Fontana
  • State Representative Martin 'Marty' T. Causer
  • State Representative Rob W. Kauffman
  • State Representative Christopher 'Chris' Sainato
  • State Representative Marcia M. Hahn
  • State Representative James R. Roebuck Jr.
  • State Representative David 'Dave' S. Hickernell
  • State Representative Marcy L. Toepel
  • State Representative Adam J. Ravenstahl
  • State Representative Rosita C. Youngblood
  • State Representative Jesse W. 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 L. Pickett
  • State Representative Angel L. Cruz
  • State Representative Robert L. Freeman
  • State Representative Steve P. 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 J. Schlegel Culver
  • State Representative Gerald 'Jerry' J. Mullery
  • State Representative Tarah C. Toohil
  • State Representative Jerry P. Knowles
  • State Representative Mike G. Tobash
  • State Representative Doyle M. Heffley
  • State Representative John A. Lawrence
  • State Representative Mark M. Gillen
  • State Representative Mike Sturla
  • State Representative Justin J. Simmons
  • State Representative David M. Maloney Sr.
  • State Representative Tina M. Davis
  • State Representative Joe T. Emrick
  • State Representative Todd Stephens
  • State Representative Mike Turzai
  • State Representative Kevin J. Boyle
  • State Representative Maria P. Donatucci
  • State Representative Margo L. Davidson
  • State Representative Pamela 'Pam' A. DeLissio
  • State Representative Rosemary M. Brown
  • State Representative George S. Dunbar
  • State Representative Craig T. Staats
  • State Representative Kate A. Klunk
  • State Representative Parke H. Wentling
  • State Representative Dan B. Frankel
  • State Representative Russ Diamond
  • State Representative Aaron D. Kaufer
  • State Representative Peter G. Schweyer
  • State Representative Brett R. Miller
  • State Representative Tim F. Hennessey
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' J. Driscoll
  • State Representative Jack B. Rader Jr.
  • State Representative Jason T. Dawkins
  • State Representative Tommy R. Sankey III
  • State Representative Anthony 'Tony' M. DeLuca
  • State Representative Aaron J. Bernstine
  • State Representative Frank J. Dermody
  • State Representative Jason A. Ortitay
  • State Representative Harry 'Hank' A. Readshaw III
  • State Representative Barry J. Jozwiak
  • State Representative Ryan J. Warner
  • State Representative Cris E. Dush
  • State Representative David H. Zimmerman
  • State Representative Rich S. Irvin
  • State Representative Jeff C. Wheeland
  • State Senator Camera C. Bartolotta
  • State Representative Paul T. Schemel
  • State Representative Joseph A. Petrarca
  • State Representative Patrick 'Pat' J. Harkins
  • State Representative Bryan D. Cutler
  • State Representative Susan 'Sue' C. Helm
  • State Representative Joanna E. McClinton
  • State Representative Brian J. Kirkland
  • State Representative Karen P. Boback
  • State Representative Frank A. Farry III
  • State Representative Donna J. Bullock
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' B. Carroll
  • State Representative Timothy 'Tim' P. Briggs
  • State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
  • State Representative Leanne T. Krueger
  • State Representative Jim A. Cox Jr.
  • State Representative Robert 'Rob' F. Matzie
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' T. Peifer
  • State Representative Jim E. Marshall
  • State Representative Gary W. Day
  • State Representative John T. Galloway
  • State Representative Seth M. Grove
  • State Representative Ed J. Neilson
  • State Representative William 'Bill' C. Kortz II
  • State Representative Daniel 'Dan' J. Deasy Jr.
  • State Representative Thomas 'Tom' P. Murt
  • State Representative Mike P. Reese
  • State Representative Donna R. Oberlander
  • State Representative Zachary 'Zach' A. Mako
  • State Representative Carl W. Metzgar
  • State Representative Matthew 'Matt' D. Bradford
  • State Representative Greg Rothman
  • State Representative Frank J. Burns
  • State Representative Matt M. Gabler
  • State Representative Sheryl M. Delozier
  • State Representative Carolyn T. Comitta
  • State Representative Brad Roae
  • State Representative Mark A. Longietti
  • State Representative Curtis 'Curt' G. Sonney
  • State Representative Maureen E. Madden
  • State Representative Jonathan A. Fritz
  • State Representative Jeffrey 'Jeff' P. Pyle
  • State Representative Scott Conklin
  • State Representative Garth D. Everett
  • State Representative Dan L. Miller
  • State Representative Dan P. Moul
  • State Representative Martin 'Marty' B. Flynn II
  • State Representative Patty H. Kim
  • State Representative Carol D. Hill-Evans
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' H. Schlossberg
  • State Representative Mark L. Rozzi
  • State Representative Thomas 'Tom' R. Caltagirone
  • State Representative Stephen 'Steve' C. McCarter
  • State Representative Mary Jo Daley
  • State Representative Dawn W. Keefer
  • State Representative Jordan A. Harris
  • State Representative Brian K. Sims
  • State Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
  • State Representative Ed C. Gainey
  • State Representative Stephen Kinsey
  • State Representative David R. Millard
  • State Representative Keith J. Greiner
  • State Representative Perry S. Warren Jr.
  • State Representative Mindy S. Fee
  • State Representative R. Lee 'Lee' James
  • State Representative Morgan B. Cephas
  • State Representative Pamela Snyder
  • State Representative Steven 'Steve' C. Mentzer
  • State Representative Stephen 'Steve' E. Barrar
  • State Representative Neal P. Goodman
  • State Representative Greg S. 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 J. Gillespie
  • State Representative Kathy L. Rapp
  • State Representative Mark K. Keller
  • 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]