The event is virtual this year because of COVID Organizers say the coronavirus pandemic and the e-cigarette epidemic make this funding and awareness more important than ever. Advocates have more than 70 visits scheduled with state lawmakers Tuesday morning.
What they’re trying to do is secure the $13.7 million of state funding that goes to tobacco prevention and control programs each year. There will be various educational activities online throughout the day and the event will end with a community forum which is open to the public.
They’ll also be expressing support for Pa.’s Clean Indoor Act to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure. <molly “Attendees have the chance to hear lung health experts and youth involved in their youth tobacco prevention program known as the Tobacco Resistance Unit True and hear about their experience and their opinion on why they think tobacco prevention is so important.”
Lung health groups from across the state will speak about the importance of the programs this money pays for. They help people quit smoking, prevent kids from getting addicted and save smoking-related health care costs. The Governor did put it in his budget and advocates want to make sure it stays there as it goes through the approval process.
The non-profit reports adult smoking rates in Pa. to be more than 17% and high school rates to be nearly 27%. The American Lung Association says Pa. receives more than $1.6 billion of tobacco-related revenue, but tobacco control efforts funded by the state are only at around 12% of the level the CDC recommends.
More information, or to register for the event, click here. Source More than 22,000 deaths a year are attributed to smoking in the keystone state.
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