Midhudsonnews.com: American Lung Association says New York is making some strides in curbing smoking

(January 20, 2011)

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January 20, 2011

ALBANY – New York has improved in its tobacco control policies in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to the American Lung Association in New York.

Agency officials released data Thursday which showed New York in the top half of those states that have seen improvements.

But, more can be done if the money is there, said Maureen Kenney, director of POW’R Against Tobacco, a four county tobacco cessation center covering Putnam, Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties.

“In order to have the effect we need to have, we need to be funded properly,” she said. “Last year, calls from Orange County residents to the New York State smokers quit line decreased from 2009 to 2010 by 1,300 callers. This is directly related to the decline in funding to the New York State Tobacco Control Program.”

Officials also said a decline in marketing funding has lessened the impact to get the message out to the public that smoking is bad for one’s health.