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!
STAND UP NEW YORK: RESTRICT THE USE OF E-CIGS IN PUBLIC PLACES
We all know that for decades the tobacco companies claimed that secondhand smoke was perfectly safe to breathe. Now they're making the same claims about e-cigarette vapor. New Yorkers are not going to be used as guinea pigs!
In New York, we don't want e-cigarettes used in public places where cigarettes are prohibited. We don't want e-cigarette vapor intruding on our personal space.
STAND UP NEW YORK: Tell your representatives to include e-cigarettes in New York's Clean Indoor Air law:
DC Residents: Tell the Council no special treatment for cigars!
Contrary to what cigar lobbyists are saying behind closed doors:
- Cigars ARE tobacco products;
- Cigars ARE bad for you; and
- Cigars ARE being sold at a low price and in a variety of flavors that attract kids.
Please take just a minute to contact your councilmember and tell them: NO special treatment for cigar products.
New Jersey: You can save many lives with this proposal!
We have a very real opportunity between now and the end of June to make another dent in New Jersey's tobacco use rate. As we all know, the very best way to reduce tobacco use is to increase price, and a proposal in the legislature would do just that. Even better, this bill (S1867) would allocate $11 million for cessation and prevention programs AND another $11 million for other health programs.
None of these new allocations would harm other programs. This would all be new revenue raised by an increase in the tobacco tax! This legislation also plays fairly, taxing all tobacco products equally, including electronic cigarettes and most cigars.
To recap, this legislation will:
- Reduce tobacco use, saving lives;
- Fund tobacco prevention, cessation and other health programs; and
- Not harm other programs nor draw any current funds from state coffers.
Tell your elected officials to support S1867.
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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