Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Rhode Islanders touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease.
ACS CAN will advocate for an increase in tobacco control program funding, requesting elected officials to support funding levels at $3.2 million, with future regular increases until we reach the CDC recommended level of $12.8 million for evidence-based tobacco control, prevention, and cessation programs that help people who smoke quit and prevent children from ever starting.
ACS CAN will advocate for raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, with strong retailer compliance and active enforcement as part of its comprehensive strategy to reduce youth initiation.
Tobacco use is the nation's most preventable cause of death, yet nearly half a million people in the United States will die from tobacco-related diseases this year. RIght here in Rhode Island, it is estimated that 1,800 adults will die due to their own smoking this year alone.
Do you have a personal story about how tobacco has impacted you or someone you love? Your lawmakers are overwhelmed with numbers and studies. What they need most are stories about people - real people in their own community or district. Tell us how tobacco has impacted your life. And,