West Virginia’s Legislature Chose Big Tobacco Over West Virginians
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is disappointed that lawmakers chose Big Tobacco over the health of West Virginians in the state budget.
Nashville, TN – February 20, 2019 – Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state traveled to the Tennessee State Capitol today to call on the Legislature to prioritize the 37,350 Tennesseans who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.
The visit was part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol, which brought cancer advocates together to encourage lawmakers to restore funding to the state’s tobacco cessation and prevention programs, protect local smoke-free laws and to expand access to care.
“Cancer death rates continue to decrease nationwide, but Tennessee could do better. Lawmakers can be part of the solution by passing evidence-base polices that would help prevent Tennesseans from being diagnosed with cancer in the first place,” said Emily Ogden, government relations director ACS CAN. “Nearly 14,840 Tennesseans will still lose their lives to cancer in 2019 alone and more than 32 percent of those cancer deaths are attributed to smoking. We’re here today to ask lawmakers to commit to proven methods to stop tobacco addiction.”
Specifically, ACS CAN volunteers asked lawmakers to:
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.