Did you know that Ohio is a test market for many new tobacco products? At a time when tobacco companies are spending $1.5 million EVERY DAY in Ohio to market to our children, Ohio is set to spend $0 to counteract those efforts. On June 30th, ALL tobacco prevention and cessation funding in Ohio will cease, leaving our children prone to a lifetime of tobacco addiction.
Are we willing to concede the fight for tobacco prevention and our children's health to big tobacco?" Take a quick moment, before it's too late, to send a message to Ohio's lawmakers letting them know that we MUST continue to fund tobacco prevention in Ohio!
In fact, the tobacco industry spends $1.5 million each day in Ohio to encourage Ohioans to use--and become addicted to--these and other tobacco products.
Unfortunately, Ohio is preparing to eliminate funding for tobacco prevention and cessation - much needed resources to help prevent kids from starting and help current tobacco users quit. We know most tobacco users start before the age of 18 and that 80% of current users, of all ages, want to quit! Sadly, it can take up to 7 attempts to be successful. Some never are.
In addition, annual healthcare expenditures in Ohio directly caused by tobacco use is $4.37 billion. And smoking-caused state Medicaid program spending each year is $1.4 billion. In this economic environment, we can't afford to NOT address this problem. Not funding proven tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Ohio is penny-wise, pound-foolish!
Tobacco prevention and cessation programs are proven to save lives and money--a win-win for Ohio. I urge you to learn more about ways we can continue to fund these vital programs!