E-cigarette use up, fund tobacco control programs
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to maintain level funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million.
Nationwide, e-cigarette use has increased rapidly among youth. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product by middle and high school students, surpassing cigarette use, according to the most recent data available. A recent study concluded that youth who use e-cigarettes are more than 4 times as likely to try cigarettes and nearly 3 times as likely to currently smoke cigarettes than those youth who never tried e-cigarettes. Now is not the time to curtail funding to programs that prevent kids from using these products and help adults quit.Evidence-based, statewide tobacco control programs that are comprehensive, sustained, and accountable have been shown to reduce tobacco use rates, as well as tobacco-related diseases and deaths. Research shows that the more states spend on comprehensive tobacco control programs, the greater the reductions in tobacco use. The longer states invest in such programs, the greater and quicker the impact.
I hope I can count on you to continue to fund PA tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]