WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement of Kevin O'Flaherty, Northeast Regional Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:
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It is great news for New York's health
However, it is also critical that New York adequately fund programs to help smokers quit and prevent kids from starting. It would be unconscionable for New York to cut back on these already underfunded programs at the very same time that smokers will be motivated to quit and seek help in doing so. New York must do everything it can to help smokers quit successfully and prevent kids from starting to smoke.
New York already cut funding for its tobacco prevention and cessation programs by more than 30 percent last year. Any further cuts would devastate a highly successful program that has reduced youth and adult smoking rates to well below the national average. New York's program not only saves lives, but saves money as well by reducing tobacco-related health care costs. Cutting the program is penny-wise and pound-foolish.
As a result of the planned tobacco tax increase, New York would collect more tobacco-generated revenue than ever before from tobacco taxes and the 1998 state tobacco settlement. It is only right that some of that tobacco money be used to adequately fund programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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