Fight Back Podcast Breaks Down Cuts to NYS TCP

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Russ Sciandra talks about what happend, why and where to go from here

Albany, NY (March 30, 2011) - The American Cancer Society's Fight Back Podcast on CancerNYNJ News is back with a wrap up on the budget deal reached yesterday that will slash funding for New York State's Tobacco Control Program (TCP).

While volunteers and advocates managed to stop the Assembly's scheme to eliminate the program entirely, kids and smokers looking to quit now face a much grimmer future in the Empire State.  Russ Sciandra breaks it all down for you and talks about where things go from here.

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Additional Resources:
Statement: NY to Big Tobacco "We'll Help You Get New Customers
Open Letter to Governor Cuomo
Open Letter to Speaker Silver
Donald Distasio's Call to Action
Backwards Budget Bill Would Send Progress Up in Smoke
New York State Tobacco Control Program 
New York State Smokers' Quitline


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