Unfortunately, the news isn't good. This year, Ohio received an A for smoke-free air, an F for tobacco control program funding, a D for cigarette taxes, and an F for coverage of quit smoking treatments and services. In 2012, Ohio failed to fund its tobacco prevention program at levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – even though it took in $1.1 billion from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes in 2012. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry spends $1 million dollars per day marketing its products to Ohioans!
Please send a message to our state leaders that it is no longer acceptable to collect billions in tobacco-generated revenue, and spend none to fight tobacco use. It’s time for Ohio to stand up and do the right thing for our kids and our citizens by investing in tobacco prevention and control programs.
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