Thank you for supporting Assembly Bill 3338
Dear [Decision Maker],
On behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your recent vote to concur with the Governor's conditional veto of Assembly Bill 3338, which dedicates one percent of the cigarette and other tobacco tax revenues to implement an evidence-based tobacco control program.
Tobacco use causes nearly 12,000 deaths per year in New Jersey, and 26.7 percent of cancer deaths in our state are attributable to smoking. Tobacco use costs our state over $4 billion in direct health care costs annually, including over $1 billion in Medicaid expenses. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth, 143,000 of kids in New Jersey today will die prematurely from smoking.While we are disappointed that the conditional veto of this bill delays its implementation until FY2019, we commend you for your recognition that the state needs to direct adequate resources to tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and that this bill represents a first step toward that goal.
Once again, thank you very much for your support on this important issue, and I look forward to continuing our work together to reduce the burden of tobacco on New Jersey residents.
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