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: