American Cancer Society Opposes Use Of Tobacco-Settlement Funds For Tax Cuts

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Cancer Society

    TAMPA, Fla., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The leadership of the American
 Cancer Society, Florida Division sent a letter to Senate President John McKay
 (R-Bradenton) today urging the legislature to restrict the use of tobacco-
 settlement dollars for health-related programs. The letter was sent in
 response to a proposed budget deal reached Tuesday night that hinges on using
 $109 million in tobacco money to balance the state budget and affect a tax cut
 for some Florida residents.
     "Since the Florida tobacco settlement was reached in 1997/1998, the
 Florida legislature has rightly focused that money on health and human
 services programs, including a highly successful youth tobacco-control
 program. This program has saved both lives and money," said Marty Larsen,
 board member, American Cancer Society, Florida Division. "Despite the progress
 we've made, there is far more that needs to be done. Tobacco use remains a
 major public-health threat so Florida's tobacco-control programs need to be
 expanded. As such, we expect the Florida legislature to continue using
 tobacco-settlement funds for health-related purposes."
     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that
 Florida spend a minimum of $78 million annually on tobacco-control programs.
 Currently, Florida is spending $44.2 million, with a majority of those funds
 focused on programs targeting youths between the ages of 11 and 17.
 
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SOURCE American Cancer Society
    TAMPA, Fla., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The leadership of the American
 Cancer Society, Florida Division sent a letter to Senate President John McKay
 (R-Bradenton) today urging the legislature to restrict the use of tobacco-
 settlement dollars for health-related programs. The letter was sent in
 response to a proposed budget deal reached Tuesday night that hinges on using
 $109 million in tobacco money to balance the state budget and affect a tax cut
 for some Florida residents.
     "Since the Florida tobacco settlement was reached in 1997/1998, the
 Florida legislature has rightly focused that money on health and human
 services programs, including a highly successful youth tobacco-control
 program. This program has saved both lives and money," said Marty Larsen,
 board member, American Cancer Society, Florida Division. "Despite the progress
 we've made, there is far more that needs to be done. Tobacco use remains a
 major public-health threat so Florida's tobacco-control programs need to be
 expanded. As such, we expect the Florida legislature to continue using
 tobacco-settlement funds for health-related purposes."
     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that
 Florida spend a minimum of $78 million annually on tobacco-control programs.
 Currently, Florida is spending $44.2 million, with a majority of those funds
 focused on programs targeting youths between the ages of 11 and 17.
 
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