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AL: Tell lawmakers to increase tobacco prevention funding


  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives


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Please Increase Funding for Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs

Dear [Decision Maker],

Tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death in Alabama. And this year, another 1,800 Alabama kids under 18 will become new daily smokers, facing a potential lifetime of addiction.

As your constituent, I ask you to prevent further tobacco-related death and disease in Alabama by increasing current funding levels for evidence-based tobacco prevention and control programs, which are proven to save lives and money, by $1 million for FY2021.

Each year, the state receives approximately $11.1 million from tobacco companies through the Master Settlement Agreement to recoup the enormous public health costs of treating tobacco-related diseases. Yet, Alabama currently spends only $2.2 million of that funding on programs to prevent kids from starting to use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and cessation programs to help adults tobacco users quit.

You have a lot of important budget decisions to make this session. I urge you to prioritize the lives and health of Alabamians, especially our young people. Please increase funding levels for tobacco prevention and control programs by $1 million for FY2021.

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