Tell the Council: Include e-cigarettes in NYC's Smoke-Free Law
Studies have found that e-cigarettes do emit toxic chemicals, and they contain highly addictive nicotine. Several of the products include warnings that inhaled nicotine is “very toxic.” While e-cigarette users can choose to take the risk of using these products themselves, we must protect the rights of non-smokers not to breathe potentially toxic substances.
Thank the Council for their historic vote!
On Wednesday, October 30, the New York City Council once again took historic action to further reduce tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death. Join us in thanking the New York City Council for approving bills that establish a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, stop tobacco industry discounting schemes and prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. These bold steps will dramatically reduce youth tobacco use and serve as models for the rest of the United States and the world.
City Council Voting Wednesday on Two Policies to Reduce Tobacco Use New York City once again has an opportunity to continue its legacy as a leader in promoting health and saving lives. The City Council will be voting on Wednesday on two bills that will strengthen the enforcement of NYC's existing tobacco pricing laws and increase the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21. These bills will both help improve troubling smoking rates in our most vulnerable populations!
Kentuckians: Urge your legislators to support smoke-free workplaces in 2014
Many of our legislators have said they support a Smoke-Free Kentucky, but they don’t feel they have the support at home in their districts. Their perception is that this is a tough issue for them politically. The reality is – a majority of Kentucky voters from both parties support making all indoor workplaces smoke-free!
Please send an email to your Representative and your Senator asking them both to make all indoor workplaces in Kentucky smoke-free in the 2014 legislative session. It’s time that Kentucky joined the 23 other states that have smoke-free laws covering all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
North Carolina: Last Chance to Save $400K for Quitlines
The current Senate budget includes $1.4 million in recurring funds for North Carolina's quitline, while the House budget only has $1 million. Differences in the budget between the two bodies are reconciled by representatives from each who will meet and work towards agreement on what must stay and what they can live without.
We need to make sure they don't try and live without the higher level of quitline funding proposed by the Senate.
Time is running out as the House and Senate negotiators have less than a week left to work out their differences - PLEASE ACT TODAY!
Oregon Advocates: Demand a Bigger, Better Tobacco Tax in the Budget
Last Thursday, two proposals were heard that would raise tobacco taxes, one by 10 cents and the other by 25 cents. While tobacco tax increases of 50 cents, a dollar, or more are very effective at reducing tobacco use and raising revenue, the proposals for 10 and 25 cents are so weak they would likely not have any measurable effect on tobacco use. In fact, the 10-cent proposal would actually result in less money for tobacco prevention and cessation in Oregon!
These proposals are a distraction and would do little to nothing to actuallu reduce tobacco use in Oregon. Ask your legislators to do support a bigger, better tobacco tax of 50 cents, a dollar, or more!
North Carolinians: Save our tobacco prevention program!
North Carolina legislators are finalizing the state budget and we have one last chance to tell them to fund tobacco prevention!
Please take a minute to email your House member TODAY and tell them to protect NC’s kids from a lifetime of tobacco addiction by putting money in their budget for tobacco prevention.
It’s ridiculous that 11,100 NC kids start smoking every year, and tobacco use costs the state $2.46 billion a year in health care costs – yet the General Assembly doesn’t seem to care. NC had proven programs in place until last year, which reduced youth smoking rates to historic lows. But if the House doesn’t go to bat for our kids and return tobacco prevention and cessation funding to its former level of $17.3 million, 15,000 more kids will become smokers - and 5,530 of those will die prematurely from smoking.
Thank You Rep. Crownover
Please take a moment to thank Rep. Crownover for her continued dedication to passing a smoke-free workplace law.
Ask Your Senator to Take Action to Protect Kids from Big Tobacco
Candy-flavored cigars are deadly and shouldn't be cheaper than candy! Sensible cigar packaging can prevent youth access to deadly tobacco products.
To protect kids from Big Tobacco, please urge your Senator to ask Senate Conferees to support House Sections 32A and 32B in the Final Conference Report.
Washington: Don't settle for $0
Washington receives $732 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco taxes, yet $0 are used to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco use and help smokers quit. Prevention programs are proven to reduce smoking rates and tobacco-related healthcare costs. In fact, when last funded, the state saw $5 in healthcare savings for every $1 invested in tobacco prevention.
Wisconsin: Fund tobacco prevention and control
Support funding tobacco prevention and control program's at Governor Walker's recommendation of $5.3 million annually.
Rhode Island: Support HB 5806
Tell your legislators to support a bill that would increase tobacco taxes by 90 cents. Tobacco tax increases have proven time and time again to save lives and raise revenue, a win, win, win for our state.
|Thank you for taking a moment to ask your legislators to stop promising and start acting. Below, you can urge Oregon legislators take action to improve the health of Oregonians and use tobacco settlement money to protect kids from tobacco.|
North Carolina: Preserve local smoke-free air laws
North Carolina's legislature has proposed a bill that would invalidate our current outdoor smoke-free air policies, including smoke-free parks and community college campuses. Tell your legislator to keep these areas smoke-free and allow communities to decide on their own smoke-free air restrictions.
Vermonters: 80 Cents Will Save Lives!
Ask your senator to support an 80 cent increase in the cigarette tax to prevent 1,900 youth from smoking.
An 80-cent increase would:
• $11.82 million in new annual revenue
• 1,900 kids prevented from smoking
• 1,900 adults would quit
• $71.62 million in long term health care savings
Connecticut: Save our kids
4,300 kids become daily smokers in CT each year. 4,300 kids. It’s a scary number that leads to even scarier disease and death. But the good news is that we have a proven solution. Kids are particularly susceptible to price increases. Raising the state cigarette tax by just 95 cents will bring us in line with neighboring states like New York and help prevent kids from a lifetime of addiction. But we need your help. We know the best way to get elected officials to move on an issue is for them to hear from constituents like you.
Indiana: Restore funding for tobacco prevention and cessation
The Senate's budget was amended to reduce funding for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program even further. The budget bill is going to be heard in conference committee, so take action now to ask your Senator and Representatives to fund tobacco prevention and control at $8 million.
Rhode Island: Raising the tobacco tax is a win, win, win!
The General Assembly is currently considering a proposal to raise the state's excise on tobacco tax by 90 cents. This proposal is a win-win-win for the people of Rhode Island. Act now to ask your legislators to support this important proposal.
New York City is considering new legislation to build on the tremendous progress the city has made in reducing smoking, especially among kids. These bills would crack down on cheap cigarettes that entice kids and raise the legal sale age to purchase tobacco products. Help us protect New York City kids!
Tell your council member to support these new initiatives to prohibit tobacco discounts and increase the legal sale age. They’ll help reduce NYC's smoking rates even further.
Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Bill
Raising the Age to 21 Bill
Indiana: Restore funding for tobacco prevention and cessation
The Senate has introduced their budget, which reduces funding for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program to $4.05 million. The House also has proposed a reduction in funding for the program from $8 million to $5 million. This news is very disappointing. Please take action to urge your legislators to continue level funding the program.
Washington: Our last chance to save tobacco prevention funding
Our state senate released a budget with ZERO DOLLARS allocated to prevention funding. The House is voting on the budget within the next few days. Urge your representatives to include tobacco prevention funding in the House budget.
Colorado: It's Time to Protect Prevention Funding
A bill that will strengthen tobacco prevention efforts in the state of Colorado needs your attention. Help us improve programs designed to reduce youth smoking and help current smokers quit. SB 185 is a proposal that will better spend tobacco prevention funding.
West Virginia: Raise the tobacco tax!
West Virginia is facing a significant budget shortfall. We can help remedy our budget issues by increasing our tobacco tax, which is one of the lowest in the country, at 55 cents per pack.
Raising the cigarette tax by $1 as well as the tax on other tobacco products (like smokeless tobacco) will help West Virginia with its budget issues, keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
Contact your legislators today!
North Carolina: Restore funding to the tobacco control program!
Governor McCrory is currently working on his budget proposal--we must urge him to restore the $17.3 million budget for tobacco control activities.
We receive $140 million in tobacco settlement money, but not one dime is used to fund programs that keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
Urge your legislators and the Governor to restore funding to the tobacco control program today!
Montanans: Your Tobacco Use Prevention Program is (almost) back!
Thanks to actions by the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee, the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program is (almost) back!
After being completely defunded last year, the appropriations committee has restored funding. This is a great first step forward to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit – let's show them some love!
Indiana: Tell your legislators to continue funding the prevention program!
The amended budget distributed Friday by the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee slashes funding for tobacco prevention and cessation from $8 million to $5 million.
Studies show that smoking costs Indiana approximately $2.08 billion in health care costs every year and an additional $2.62 billion in lost worker productivity every year. The $8 million to fund our state program is really not much to ask for!
Urge your legislators to continue investing in our tobacco control program.
Kentucky Advocates: Vote YES: HB 190
HB 190 (Smoke-Free Kentucky) passed the House Health and Welfare Committee overwhelmingly, now it's days away from the full House floor for a vote. Tell your representative to support this bill that would make all of Kentucky's workplaces smoke-free.
Kentucky Advocates: It's time for smoke-free air!
Kentuckians are exposed to secondhand smoke regularly in restaurants, bars and their workplaces. Let's make 2013 the year of smoke-free air!
New Yorkers: Budget is on the chopping block
Governor Cuomo's new budget proposal cuts funding across the board and will have dozens of public health programs vying for the same reduced level of funding. This will result in a cut of at least 10% to the tobacco prevention program and it's effective ad campaigns, quitlines and community-based cessation services.
Urge your legislators to protect the health of kids and protect funding for the tobacco control program. With more than $2 billion of revenue that New York receives from cigarette taxes (and less than 2% of it going to programs to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit), New York should be doing more, not less!
Weezer: You just became a part of the problem!
On January 8th, Weezer (a popular American band) performed at a tobacco-industry sponsored concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tobacco-sponsored concerts are outlawed in the U.S. and most nations because tobacco use remains the #1 cause or preventable death around the world. In fact, tobacco use is projected to take the lives of 1 billion people this century.
And Weezer just became part of the problem.
Please write to the band today ask them to pledge to never again play a tobacco-sponsored concert again.
New York City is considering two pieces of legislation to build on the tremendous progress the city has made in reducing smoking, especially among kids. These bills would crack down on cheap cigarettes and stores displays of tobacco products that entice kids. Help us protect New York City kids!
Texas Advocates: Tell your lawmaker you want smoke-free air!
Contact your lawmaker and let them know that you support a comprehensive indoor smoke-free workplace law for Texas.
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