Tackle Tobacco Use by Funding Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $14.7 million. Tobacco use remains the state's number one cause of preventable death, responsible for 22,000 deaths each year in Pennsylvania. Nationwide, e-cigarette use has increased rapidly among youth and is strongly linked to the use of other tobacco products. Clearly now is not the time to decrease funding to programs that prevent kids from using these products and help adults quit.Pennsylvania currently invests $15.1 million in tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is only 10.8 percent of the $140 million the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Pennsylvania spends to combat the health and economic consequences of tobacco. 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 such programs, the greater and quicker the impact. I hope I can count on you to fund Pennsylvania's tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $14.7 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]