An amendment filed Tuesday to House Bill 6 will severely undercut efforts to combat Big Tobacco in New Mexico, where more than 28 percent of all cancer deaths can be attributed to its products.
New Mexico Press Releases
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be presenting testimony this week at three legislative hearings in Santa Fe that could help forge a new direction in the state’s battle to address the growing crisis caused by tobacco products.
The public health community in New Mexico opposes a proposal by Sen. Clemente Sanchez to increase the state’s cigarette tax by 34 cents per pack because it will not significantly improve the health of New Mexicans.
Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, students and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) rallied at New Mexico's Roundhouse today in support of increasing the state’s tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack and prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using tanning devices.
Twenty-four candidates have taken the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) up on its challenge to “just say no” to Big Tobacco campaign money.
UPDATE: 21 Legislative Candidates Accept Big Tobacco’s Contributions, 24 Join Challenge to Reject Money
According to the latest report, candidates for office in New Mexico have taken $8,750 in contributions from Big Tobacco between Aug. 1, 2018, and Sept. 3, 2018.
Cancer Advocates Call on Gubernatorial, Legislative Candidates to Reject Big Tobacco’s Contributions
Nearly 20 candidates in New Mexico have taken the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network up on its challenge to “just say no” to Big Tobacco campaign money.
The law places limits on step therapy policies used by insurance companies that require patients to try less expensive, potentially less effective drugs before they can get coverage for the prescriptions their physicians recommend.
The legislative session is scheduled to end at noon on Thursday, Feb. 15, and the tobacco tax increase bill has not yet received a hearing.
Governor Susana Martinez line-item vetoed all funding to the University of New Mexico, including the nearly $8 million appropriation of state funds to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center during her actions on House Bill 2, the legislature-approved state budget.