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A Call to Action: Tobacco Free Mass

posted May 14, 2013, 8:27 AM by Maria Geueke

Dear Tobacco Advocate: 

ONE BILLION DOLLARS!! 

That's how much the state will collect next year in tobacco taxes and settlement payments. But, less than half of one percent of this money will go to help people quit smoking and keep kids from getting hooked. And, this year the House proposed even further cuts to prevention and cessation programming.   

But, we have a chance to change this in the Senate with their budget release later this week. There are three actions you can take today to help increase prevention and cessation funding: 

1) View the 30 second video (below) and respond to the call to action. 

2) Do a Call to Action Alert for your organization. Feel free to use the video and share with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. 



The video can also be viewed and shared at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUglNH321M


3) Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper using the draft letter below. 

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To the Editor: 
  
Cigarettes, cigars, and the new flavored tobacco that’s recently become the rage among kids, are all addictive products.  So I welcome the Legislature’s recent move to increase taxes on tobacco.  Raising prices on these dangerous tobacco products is an extremely smart public policy and will improve public health.  But as prices go up, it’s only fair that the state provide support for smokers who then try to quit. 
  
Massachusetts will collect over One Billion Dollars in tobacco excise taxes and settlement payment from the industry next year.  It’s a truly astounding amount of money.  But only a small fraction of that money, less than ½ of one percent, is dedicated to help people quit smoking and prevent kids from getting hooked on tobacco. 
  
PERSONALIZE WITH A LINE ABOUT WHO YOU ARE, HOW TOBACCO HAS IMPACTED YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS. 
  
As our Senators and Representatives work on the state budget, they ought to increase funding for DPH’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program.  It’s a successful, evidence-based approach to protecting kids, saving lives, and driving down our health care costs.  And given the amount of money generated from tobacco, it’s also the fair/.right thing to do. 
  
Sincerely, 
  
Name 
Town 
  
Contact # for identification purposes 
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Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Thank you for doing your part to help prevent another generation of tobacco addiction. 

Tami Gouveia 
Executive Director 
Tobacco Free Mass 
30 Speen Street
Framingham, MA 01701
508-270-4652 | Tami.Gouveia@cancer.org 


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