Lung Association Applauds Governor's E-Cigarette Proposal; Calls on Legislature to Increase Tobacco Control Funding
(January 21, 2015)
The American Lung Association in New York today applauded Governor Cuomo's proposal to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in New York. Governor Cuomo’s proposal would expand the Clean Indoor Air Act and restrict the use of e-cigarettes where smoking tobacco products are prohibited. Additionally, the proposal would limit the use of flavored e-cigarette components and limit efforts to market the products to youth. With regards to the Tobacco Control Program budget, the Lung Association was disappointed that the Governor did not restore any of the cuts that the program has received over the last several years and once again funded the program at $39.3 million.
"Today’s announcement was certainly a large step in the right direction for tobacco control in New York. The scourge of e-cigarettes in New York has warranted action and Governor Cuomo’s proposal comprehensively tackles the proliferation of e-cigarettes in New York,” said Michael Seilback, Vice President, Public Policy & Communications of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “New York's Tobacco Control Program saves New Yorkers' lives and saves the state money in healthcare costs. As 25,000 New Yorkers continue to die each year from tobacco-caused illness, the status quo simply is not enough. We look forward to working with the legislature to restore funding to this program which has seen its budget cut by more than 50% in recent years."
Funded seven years ago at $85.5m, the state Tobacco Control Program’s funding has been cut drastically and has remained stagnant at $39.3m, according to Seilback. As the Lung Association's 2015 State of Tobacco Control Report points out, New York spends much less on tobacco control than the $203 million that the CDC recommends for New York.
"We urge the Legislature to quickly pass Governor Cuomo’s proposed e-cigarette legislation and to fund the tobacco control program at $52 million.”