This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) launched a new campaign, “Empower Vape-Free Youth,” which aims to empower educators to speak with youth about the risks associated with e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction and to encourage youth to avoid and/or quit e-cigarettes.
Volunteers Urge Lawmakers to Prioritize Tobacco Prevention in Idaho
Cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers host lawmakers during legislative breakfast
BOISE, IDAHO - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a legislative breakfast this morning at the Idaho State Capitol. ACS CAN volunteers, including cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers advocated for policies and appropriations to reduce the toll tobacco is taking on Idahoans.
Volunteers met with lawmakers, including Minority Caucus Chair, Idaho State Sen. Janet Ward-Engelking (D). Cancer survivors and advocates highlighted the importance of enacting prevention policies that help people quit tobacco and deter kids from ever using tobacco products.
ACS CAN is making the following fact-based policies a priority in Idaho this legislative session:
- Smart investment of JUUL Settlement Funds: ACS CAN will advocate for all $8.3 million given to Idaho from the $438.5 million JUUL settlement be allocated to tobacco prevention and control programs. Highlighting that Lawmakers have an opportunity to reduce the enormous harm caused by cigarettes and Big Tobacco.
- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: ACS CAN will work to maintain funding for the Idaho Millennium Fund as established. As part of this, they will work to ensure that dollars allocated to the state through the Master Settlement Agreement are dedicated to reducing the toll of tobacco in Idaho, with a focus on tobacco use, prevention, cessation, and education.
More than 10,000 Idahoans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, with more than 3,000 expected to die. It is vital lawmakers act to prevent cancers caused by tobacco use.