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Make Cancer a Top Priority

Dear [Decision Maker],

Volunteers from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are in Nashville today to ask lawmakers to make cancer prevention a top state priority.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in our state. 22.6% of all Tennesseans smoke, including 9.4% of high school students. Lowering tobacco use rates would both dramatically improve the health of Tennesseans and reduce the unnecessary financial burden that tobacco places on taxpayers.

In Tennessee, smoking causes over $2.67 billion in direct health care costs annually, including $823.6 million in TennCare expenses. That means that each Tennessee household pays on average an estimated $1,020 per year in state and federal taxes due to smoking-caused illness.

It just makes dollars and sense. If you want to protect kids and improve public health, urge Governor Lee to fully fund tobacco control at $4 million annually in this year's budget and vote YES when it comes to the floor.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important issue.

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