ACS CAN Calls for Restoration of Tobacco Control Program Funding

March 30, 2021

ALBANY, NY – As lawmakers and Governor Cuomo work on a new budget American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Senior New York Government Relations Director Julie Hart is asking to have funds restored to the Tobacco Control Program.

Hart said, “Tobacco prevention is one of the smartest and most fiscally responsible investments that states can make. Comprehensive, well-funded tobacco control programs help prevent kids from starting to use tobacco products and help current tobacco users quit. The Governor proposes to cut funding to the state's Tobacco Control Program by over $7 million. This is a bad idea. We can't afford cuts to public health during a pandemic. We thank the Senate for restoring critical funding for tobacco control and we ask that the final budget also include the funding.”

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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting

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