Oct. 22 event will feature leaders in Maryland government and health
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual policy forum will bring together state leaders in government, medicine and advocacy to discuss the toll of tobacco use including electronic smoking devices in Maryland.
The event will also highlight a need for a $2 per pack tax increase on cigarettes with an equivalent tax on all other tobacco products including electronic cigarettes as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control in Maryland.
Fact: Smoking is linked to more than one-quarter (27.3%) of cancer-related deaths in Maryland—and results in $2.7 billion per year in health care costs for the state.
WHAT: ACS CAN Maryland Policy Forum: ‘Electronic Smoking Devices and Raising Maryland’s Tobacco Tax’
WHO: Speakers will include:
• Sen. Cory McCray (D-45)
• Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-30)
• Del. Eric Luedtke (D-14)
• Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, pulmonary & CCM assistant professor, Johns Hopkins; co-director, Medicine for the Greater Good
• Laura Hale, Maryland government relations director, American Heart Association
• Cathy Callaway, state and local campaigns director—prevention, ACS CAN
• Jocelyn Collins, Maryland/D.C. government relations director, ACS CAN
• Eric Gally, president, Gally Public Affairs
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Anne Arundel Medical Center – Doordan Institute, Annapolis, Md.
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.