New Jersey Snuffs Quitline Efforts

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Statement from Blair Horner, vice president for advocacy of the American Cancer Society of NY & NJ, regarding New Jersey's plan to only allow smokers who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid to use state smoking cessation services.

 

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Trenton, NJ (September 28, 2011) - “New Jersey raised nearly $1 billion last year from the wallets of smokers. There should be no excuse for the state to snuff out its Quitline to any smokers. The state has a moral obligation to ensure these programs are adequately funded.

This is not the first time NJ Quitline has had to suspend its services. This past June the program ran out of money. It is indefensible for the state to take $1 billion out of the wallets of smokers and then provide virtually no resources to their efforts to quit. Instead, New Jersey should dedicate 10 cents of every dollar collected on tobacco to adequately fund programs that help smokers to quit and keep kids from smoking.”

Additional Resources
"Up In Smoke" - an American Cancer Society led report on Tobacco Funds in New Jersey
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's New Jersey Page

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