Henrietta Post: (Letter to the editor) Student-smoking story should sound alarms

(March 17, 2011)


MPNnow.com
Posted Mar 17, 2011

A recent Messenger Post article, “Report indicates more New York high school students smoke,” should encourage elected officials to take the steps needed to fund the comprehensive tobacco control program in New York that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

The State of Tobacco Control Report issued by the American Lung Association earlier this year found that New York state is not doing enough to help smokers quit. The state earned an “F” when graded on tobacco prevention and control funding, and an “F” for failing to provide adequate cessation coverage.

As the deadline for the New York State budget draws closer, it is essential that funding for the tobacco control program be maintained as has been proposed by Gov. Cuomo.

Smoking-attributable deaths in New York exceed 25,000 each year and much revenue is lost on smoking-caused disease. New York needs to take action to prevent another generation of kids from becoming addicted to this deadly product by funding programs that are working to reduce the smoking rate.

IRWIN BERLIN, M.D.
Board chairman
American Lung Association in New York
Rochester