Missouri Fails Again to Properly Fund Tobacco Control Programs and Protect Our Youth from a Lifetime of Addiction

Missouri Ranks Among the Lowest in Nation for Spending on Tobacco Prevention

January 16, 2020

In response to this decision, Emily Kalmer, Missouri government relations director with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released the following statement. “In a disappointing move, Governor Mike Parson unveiled a state budget that includes minimal funding for programs and services that help Missourians quit tobacco and keep young people from becoming addicted to tobacco products. “In October, the governor referred to the high rates of e-cigarette use among young people as ‘an epidemic’ and said that ‘it is critical that actions be taken to protect the health and well-being of Missouri’s youth.’ “Governor Parson missed an opportunity to take just that sort of action by failing to improve funding for evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs. ACS CAN urges the governor and state legislators to increase funding for these programs. We also look forward to continuing to work with them to protect Missouri families from risk factors for cancer, including tobacco use.”

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