Tobacco use will kill 1 billion people this century -- unless we act now. Tobacco companies must be held accountable for their marketing practices and deception. To pass strong tobacco control laws, we need grassroots support -- we can't do this without you!
Our kids can’t wait: Tell the Obama Administration to set common-sense rules for cigars and e-cigarettes.
Ohio - Tell legislators: Support the governor's proposed $1 cigarette tax increase.
Gov. Kasich has proposed a $1 cigarette tax increase. This would prevent 65,000 kids from smoking and help more than 73,000 Ohioans overcome their addiction to cigarettes. It would also save the state $2.6 billion in long-term health care costs. But right now, the legislature has to approve it. Send them a letter asking them to support this life-saving legislation .
Kentucky - Follow up with state House members on smoke-free vote.
The Kentucky House of Representatives passed the smoke-free bill by a vote of 51-46! Send a letter to your representative expressing thanks or disappointment, depending on how s/he voted.
Kansas - Ask lawmakers to support an increase in the state tobacco tax.
tax. Governor Brownback has proposed a $1.50 cigarette tax increase in his budget. But now the legislature has to approve it. An increase in the cigarette tax not only provides needed revenue for the state, it is a proven way to save lives and prevent kids from smoking. Send a letter to your state legislators asking them to stand up for the health of all Kansans and support a sensible increase in the tobacco tax.
Across the country, youth leaders are stepping up and fighting big tobacco. Check our these clips from our 2012 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards featuring National Award Winner, Gabe Glissmeyer, and Group Winner, Reality Check.
Big Tobacco spends one million dollars every hour to recruit kids as "replacement smokers" for the over 400,000 Americans killed each year by tobacco. Watch "Irreplaceable," a video by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Y Street, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth's teen volunteer group.
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