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NY falls short in tobacco prevention and cessation funding, report says

ALBANY – A new report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network finds New York is “woefully” underfunding tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

The report gives the Empire State a failing grade in that category in its latest “How Do You Measure Up” analysis.

The CDC recommends that New York spend $203 million annually on those programs but only provides 19.4 percent of that, or $39.3 million.

The advent and proliferation of e-cigarettes is making the battle that much more difficult, said Julie Hart, Government Relations director for the New York Cancer Action Network.

“The bottom line is that smoking is still a problem in New York. We have this electronic market now and the proliferation of all these electronic products and they come in fruity flavors, so there is a lot more work to be done when it comes to keeping kids from even starting this addiction,” Hart said.

New York does, however, measure up with passing grades in five of the nine categories that are measured – increased access to Medicaid; breast and cervical cancer early detection program funding; cigarette tax rates; smoke-free laws; and indoor tanning.

The state shows moderate movement toward the benchmark in the areas of access to palliative care; pain policy and Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services.

 


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