'Tobacco Taxes Save Lives, Protect Kids'

LETTER TO THE EDITOR in support of Proposition B: "We have a moral imperative to do everything we can to reduce the toll of this devastating disease on families in our state and our country."

Thirty-five people a day die from cancer in Missouri. One-third of those deaths are directly attributable to tobacco use. That loss of life is tragic—and it’s preventable.

Missourians have the opportunity Nov. 6 to take direct aim at cancer with a yes vote on Proposition B. The ballot measure would increase the state cigarette tax by 73 cents and invest $283 million a year into Missouri schools and programs to prevent tobacco use.

Tobacco taxes have been proven to be the most effective way to reduce smoking rates and to help prevent kids from starting the deadly habit. If passed, Prop. B would compel more than 33,000 adult smokers in Missouri to quit and prevent more than 40,000 kids from ever becoming addicted. The bottom line for Missouri: less smoking will mean less cancer and lower health care costs.

For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has pursued a single goal:  To reduce death and suffering from cancer. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of our volunteers—3 million of whom participate in Relay For Life events in Missouri and across the country—the Society has invested millions of dollars into groundbreaking cancer research, provided crucial support to cancer patients and their families and, through the work of its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), lobbied federal, state and local governments to implement proven policies that help fight and prevent the disease.

The American Cancer Society and ACS CAN support Prop. B because we know it will save lives. If passed, more than 22,000 people in Missouri won’t die prematurely from tobacco use. The revenue raised from Prop. B will be invested directly in Missouri public schools and in much-needed programs that prevent kids from smoking and help adults quit. Prop. B will improve the health of the state and help fund schools -- a win-win that guarantees a brighter future for Missouri’s children and families.

The only opponents of Prop. B are tobacco companies and their allies, who together profit from the addiction and death their products cause. The tobacco companies know that higher taxes will result in fewer kids buying tobacco products—which means fewer kids becoming addicted adult customers. A no vote will allow tobacco companies free reign to continue exploiting the health of Missouri’s kids for their profit.

Don’t be misled by the opposition’s smokescreen—the truth is clear. A yes vote on Prop. B will mean fewer kids who start smoking, fewer deaths from tobacco use and lower health care costs for Missouri. Join the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN and vote yes on Prop. B for a healthy future for Missouri.

John R. Seffrin, PhD
CEO, American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

john davidson November 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This ACS letter is so planned,it goes right along with their playbook! Prohibition doesnt work and dont believe these folks so called facts they lie at every turn! An excerpt from an antismoking “advocacy toolkit” (from a Canadian toolkit, but will be very similar around the world). These “toolkits” sport very few, if any, facts. It highlights the tricks/tactics used to contrive appearances – from flooding comments boards with inflammatory rhetoric, to conducting their own “polls”, to giving the appearance of wholesale public support for smoking bans – to manipulate the public and politicians/law-makers: “For the next few months, strive to ensure there are positive media stories, letters to the editor, etc., that tout how well the bylaw changes are working. There will no doubt be a backlash from smokers in the beginning until they get used to the changes.
john davidson November 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
In the meantime, you have to counter their negative comments in the media, in comment sections of online news pieces and blogs, on radio call-in shows, etc. Your job is to make politicians continue to believe that they did the right thing.” It is not unheard of for councillors to backtrack on their decision and water down legislation.” (p. 48) SMOKEFREE OUTDOOR PUBLIC SPACES: A COMMUNITY ADVOCACY TOOLKIT http://www.smoke-free.ca/pdf_1/Smoke-free%20outdoor%20spaces%20advocacy%20-sept2010.pdf Even if a smoking ban has produced catastrophe, the role of the antismoking activist is to assure the public and law-makers in particular that the ban is a “resounding success”, that even smokers are ecstatic about being further marginalized. It is all activism of the worst kind. Antismoking activists are – demonstrably – destructive pathological liars. Those that have been given obscene amounts of funding have become professional liars, i.e., propagandists. Sound familiar legislators from Missouri and St louis voters!
john davidson November 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
john davidson November 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
About 90% of secondary smoke is composed of water vapor and ordinary air with a minor amount of carbon dioxide. The volume of water vapor of second hand smoke becomes even larger as it qickly disperses into the air,depending upon the humidity factors within a set location indoors or outdoors. Exhaled smoke from a smoker will provide 20% more water vapor to the smoke as it exists the smokers mouth. 4 % is carbon monoxide. 6 % is those supposed 4,000 chemicals to be found in tobacco smoke. Unfortunatley for the smoke free advocates these supposed chemicals are more theorized than actually found.What is found is so small to even call them threats to humans is beyond belief.Nanograms,picograms and femptograms...... (1989 Report of the Surgeon General p. 80).
john davidson November 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn set to abandon ‘unenforceable’ smoking ban and build smokers’ shelters Chris Bishop Friday, November 2, 2012 5:34 PM http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/queen_elizabeth_hospital_at_king_s_lynn_set_to_abandon_unenforceable_smoking_ban_and_build_smokers_shelters_1_1679705


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