DES MOINES, Iowa. – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is pursuing legislation that will ease the burden of cancer in Iowa. The latest edition of the ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? report shows that Iowa can do better when it comes to implementing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, especially when it comes to tobacco control.
ACS CAN is advocating for:
- Increasing the price of cigarettes and other tobacco products: ACS CAN will advocate to increase the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack with a parallel increase in the tax on other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 64% of the wholesale price. Increasing the price of cigarettes and all other tobacco products through regular and significant tobacco tax increases helps to keep kids from starting to use tobacco and helps adults quit. Revenues from the tobacco taxes should be used to fully fund and sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs.
- Tobacco Prevention Funding: Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. Last year alone, Iowa received $274.2 million in tobacco taxes and Master Settlement Agreement payments, but invested only $4.02 million (1.4%) of that revenue in state tobacco prevention and cessation programs. ACS CAN will advocate to increase state funding for evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs from $4.02 million to $12.8 million by the 2022 budget year.
ACS CAN volunteers look forward to meeting with lawmakers during ACS CAN’s annual Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 5. ACS CAN encourages individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in these issues to reach out to ACS CAN to get involved in the fight against cancer at fightcancer.org/IA.
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.