PA: Level fund tobacco control programs
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to continue to fund Pennsylvania's tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $14.7 million. While in the throes of a global health crisis, we should not be defunding programs that reduce the deadly toll of tobacco in our state.The use of tobacco products remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death. In addition to cancer, tobacco increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, SIDS, and other diseases. In Pennsylvania, 22,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year. Seventeen percent of adults smoke cigarettes, 11% of high school students use electronic cigarettes and 4,200 kids under 18 become new daily smokers each year. Both our youth and adult smoking rates are significantly higher than the national average. 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 these programs the greater and quicker the impact. 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 $14.7 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]