IA: 2020 Welcome Back to session

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Dear [Decision Maker],

First, I want to thank you for your service and leadership to the state through the COVID-19 pandemic.





That is why I'm asking you to consider supporting and protecting the following:
--Increasing the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack with a parallel increase in the tax on other tobacco products to 64% of the wholesale price. As you know, tobacco use increases the risk of lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Increasing the cigarette tax will not only generate a significant revenue stream for the state during an unprecedented budget shortfall but will also decrease the use of tobacco products reducing the number of people diagnosed with these diseases.
--Protect and maintain Tobacco Prevention and Cession funding. At this critical moment, we must do everything we can to keep our communities healthy and safe which means building and maintaining a strong public health infrastructure and provide adequate resources to help reduce or stop tobacco use.
--Protect and maintain cancer control funding which includes funding for the Cervical and Colon Screening program, melanoma research, the Cancer Consortium, and lodging at the University of Iowa.

Thank you for your service,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]