North Carolina legislators are finalizing the state budget and we have one last chance to tell them to fund tobacco prevention!
Please take a minute to email your House member TODAY and tell them to protect NC’s kids from a lifetime of tobacco addiction by putting money in their budget for tobacco prevention.
It’s ridiculous that 11,100 NC kids start smoking every year, and tobacco use costs the state $2.46 billion a year in health care costs – yet the General Assembly doesn’t seem to care. NC had proven programs in place until last year, which reduced youth smoking rates to historic lows. But if the House doesn’t go to bat for our kids and return tobacco prevention and cessation funding to its former level of $17.3 million, 15,000 more kids will become smokers - and 5,530 of those will die prematurely from smoking.
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