Letter: N.Y. should spend more on smoking prevention

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Dr. Richard Dunn, Elmira | Categories:
Tobacco-related disease is the largest preventable cause of disease in the U.S. About 2.7 million adults in New York smoke. Elected officials collect $23 billion in tobacco generated revenue, but spend only $41.4 million to fight tobacco use. Each year tobacco use kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers. The annual health care costs are $8.2 billion. The American Cancer Society projects 389,000 New Yorkers under 18 will eventually die from smoking. New York has the highest cigarette tax rate in the country at $4.35 a pack. Only 2 cents of every dollar taken from tobacco settlement payments, and taxes on tobacco is being used for preventative measures to avert kids from starting to smoke and help those that smoke quit. Prevention will save taxpayers money and save lives. Reduce the deadly effect of tobacco use and educate local leaders. New York needs successful prevention programs that encourage smoking cessation.
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