Tobacco control programs save lives and money
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to maintain level funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million to save lives and money.
When tobacco prevention and cessation programs lose funds, smoking increases, and the cost can be significant. In Pennsylvania, smoking is estimated to cost over $6 billion in direct healthcare costs, including over $2 billion in Medicaid costs. Additionally, Pennsylvania experiences over $5.7 billion in productivity losses annually attributable to smoking. Tobacco prevention and cessation programs are a smart investment. Evidence-based, statewide tobacco control programs that are comprehensive, sustained, and accountable have been shown to reduce smoking rates, as well as tobacco-related diseases and deaths, saving the state money in the long run.
I hope I can count on you to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $15.5 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]