Don't let Tennessee kids be a statistic
Dear Governor Lee [Decision Maker],
As a Tennessean and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, thank you for proclaiming Feb 3-7 Tennessee Quit Week. This is a good start in bring awareness to tobacco addition in Tennessee. The next step is to include $4 million in recurring funds for the Department of Health tobacco prevention and cessation program in your budget. When the 2019 Tennessee legislature only included half of the requested $4 million dollars for funding to the tobacco prevention and cessation program, they made our children more vulnerable to the marketing efforts of the tobacco industry and a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. These programs are instrumental in educating kids about the dangers of tobacco and with e-cigarettes filling school hallways we need them now more than ever. Tennessee continues to lead the nation in tobacco use and we have the power to ensure our kids don't inherit that statistic. 125,000 Tennessee kids under the age of 18 will ultimately lose their lives prematurely from smoking if you don't increase funding for the tobacco prevention and cessation program at the Tennessee Department of Health.Tobacco prevention is one of the smartest and most fiscally responsible investments that Tennessee can make. It not only helps current smokers quit, but also prevents our children from ever starting a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. I am asking you to fully fund the Department of Health tobacco prevention and cessation program in your budget at $4 million recurring funds.Don't miss your chance to put our children first.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]