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 Pres. Obama to set rules for e-cigarettes and cigars.
Tell Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to take tobacco out of baseball.
Smokeless tobacco use by Major League Baseball players endangers the health of impressionable youth who follow their lead, as well as the players themselves. It's time to take tobacco out of baseball once and for all.
New Orleans - Thank city leaders for keeping the smoke-free ordinance strong!
After much debate about whether to exempt some major employers from the new smoke-free ordinance, the New Orleans City Council unanimously agreed that all workers will be protected from secondhand smoke and that the implementation date would not be pushed back. The city is officially on target to be 100% smoke-free starting on April 22! Say thanks to the mayor and council members for protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air!
Illinois - Tell Gov. Rauner not to shut down the Quitline!
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is in danger of shutting down because Governor Rauner has cut off funds. The Quitline received 96,000 calls in 2014 alone from smokers who needed help to quit. It's an important resource for our state that saves lives and saves the state millions of dollars in healthcare costs. Send a letter to Gov. Rauner asking him to restore funding to the Quitline.
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 .
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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