Cancer Society appeals to Senate for more anti-smoking funds


In a letter to Senate Republican leaders this week, the American Cancer Society is urging them not to accept Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $5 million cut to the state Tobacco Control Program. Assembly Democrats, who control that chamber, restored the money in their one-house budget resolution, but the Senate Republicans did not.

The Tobacco Control Program is funded at $54 million this fiscal year, which ends March 31. It has been cut significantly since the 2006-07 and 2007-08 fiscal years, when it was $85.5 million. Lawmakers are in the middle of budget negotiations.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New York spend $254 million annually to reduce tobacco use.

This is the letter from Donald Distasio, CEO of the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey:

Cancer Society Letter


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  1. I’m sure the lobbying of Big Tobacco had some part in the constant budget cuts since 2006, but it’s true statistics have shown the number of smokers has been on the decline ever since the late 1990s, and fewer people are taking up the dirty habit. Still, cutting even more seems like a pretty stupid thing to do

  2. Light 'Em Up! on

    Stoopid Scarsdale Galahad: Love to have you next to me in the foxhole! If you got ’em, smoke ’em!