Protect Funding for New York State's Tobacco Control Program
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am excited to see your Executive Budget prioritizes combatting tobacco use by proposing a statewide Tobacco 21 law. Undoubtedly, curbing tobacco use will require a comprehensive approach that includes policy measures, such as Tobacco 21, and funding for the state's Tobacco Control Program. As you prepare to release your 30-day budget amendments, I urge you to also prioritize funding for the state's Tobacco Control Program. Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in New York, killing over 28,000 New Yorkers annually. While we have made progress, we must do more to help New Yorkers quit smoking and to prevent kids from beginning this deadly addiction. The facts are sobering. Between 2014 and 2018, we saw a 160% increase in the number of high-schoolers using e-cigarettes. Over 27% of high-schoolers across the state are now using e-cigarettes. Because of the proliferation of e-cigarette use, the state's Tobacco Control Program must now reach a substantially larger number of youths, yet funding for the program falls far short of the CDC recommendation of $203 million. Tobacco control programs are essential in the fight against Big Tobacco. I urge you to increase funding for the program in your 30-day amendments.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]