I read a great article today in the NYTimes online edition titled “Don’t Let Progress on Tobacco Evaporate”.
The full text of the article can be found here, and I’ll paraphrase for you though it is worth reading in its entirety. The brief synopsis of it is this — smoking use is lower than ever, it’s been on a decline since 1965. A lot of that is due to funding of national programs against tobacco use. However, now members of the House are proposing to reduce spending on these kinds of programs.
Proposed budget cuts would reduce funding to one particular program from over $216.5 million to $105.5 million, a reduction by over a half. Luckily, while the House feels this way, the Senate feels otherwise and is fighting to keep the current spending level. Another part of the proposal entails regulations on ecigarettes products like those I talk about on my site.
I fully agree with the NY Times in that these cuts would make a huge impact on the reduction of cigarette use. Cigarette use is the leading cause of preventable death, and I would hate for the numbers to rise again due to lack of education and resources. Let’s hope clearer minds prevail on this matter and we continue to see decreases in tobacco usage for years to come.