1. Increase funding for tobacco prevention and control programs using funds from the Idaho Millennium Fund;
2. Pass a comprehensive statewide smokefree air law; and
3. Raise cigarette and tobacco taxes.
The 2016 legislative session saw continued funding for the American Lung Association in Idaho's youth tobacco control programs with funding of $202,000 allocated for youth tobacco education, prevention, cessation, and youth advocacy programs. In total, close to $6 million was allocated to tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or other entities from the Idaho Millennium Fund and a small portion of tobacco tax revenue. The Idaho Millennium Fund is where Idaho's tobacco Master Settlement Agreement dollars are directed.
As a member of the Smoke Free Idaho coalition, the American Lung Association in Idaho continues to advocate for the adoption of comprehensive local smokefree ordinances throughout the state. More progress needs to be made at passing local smokefree ordinances before a statewide law is pursued.
The American Lung Association in Idaho will continue working to increase allocations for tobacco prevention and cessation programs, to expand local smokefree ordinances, and to support appropriate efforts to increase tobacco taxes in 2017.