Delaware Needs to Increase Tobacco Control Funding

Delaware Needs to Increase Tobacco Control Funding 

One of the most effective ways to reduce death and disease from tobacco use is to prevent addiction in the first place. 

Comprehensive, adequately funded state tobacco prevention and cessation programs reduce tobacco use and related diseases.  To help states implement effective tobacco prevention and cessation programs the Center for Disease Control (CDC) laid out evidence based comprehensive recommendations for state investments in tobacco control.  These recommendations include - promote cessation among both youth and adults, prevent initiation of tobacco use  among both youth and adults, eliminate exposure to second hand smoke and identify and eliminate tobacco related disparities among population groups.  ACS CAN challenges states to combat tobacco related illness and death by funding comprehensive tobacco control programs at CDC recommended levels or above and implementing strategies to continue that funding over time.  Currently, Delaware funds their tobacco control program at just over 50% of the CDC minimum recommended level.  We need to increase that funding. 

The more that states spend on tobacco control programs, the greater the reductions in tobacco use.  The longer states invest in such programs, the greater and quicker the impact and the more cost savings experienced.  Cost savings result from tobacco control program investments in the form of reductions in smoking- caused pregnancy and birth complications, smoking triggered asthma and respiratory illness, including those caused by second hand smoke and other smoking caused diseases such as stroke, heart disease and cancer.