Level Fund Tobacco Control Programs
Dear [Decision Maker],
I hope I can count on you to continue to fund PA tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million. Last year, with the Commonwealth's investment in tobacco prevention and cessation programs:-15,775 people used the Pennsylvania Free Quitline. -More than 2,600 enrolled in regional tobacco cessation programs.-Almost 10,000 employees were protected by new or strengthened smokefree worksite policies.-22,350 residents were newly protected by smokefree multiunit housing policies.-263 parks and playgrounds became tobacco-free, protecting children and their families from secondhand smoke.-Thousands of tobacco retailer compliance checks were conducted including almost 10,000 Act 112 and more than 4,000 FDA tobacco retailer compliance checks.
Tobacco use remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death and is responsible for 22,000 deaths each year in Pennsylvania. By maintaining funding for Pennsylvania tobacco prevention and cessation programs, lawmakers have the power to prevent kids from starting to use tobacco, help people already addicted to tobacco to quit and make certain we don't lose the gains that we have made.
Put the health of Pennsylvanians first. Fund Pennsylvanian's tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]