Health Groups Announce New Method for Funding Tobacco Control and Cancer Screenings in New Hampshire
WHO: Tobacco-Free NH Coalition
Rep. William Butynski (D-Hinsdale)
Representatives from the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society
WHAT: Press conference in support of legislation funding tobacco control and the New Hampshire Cancer Plan.
WHERE: Lobby, Legislative Office Building
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By dedicating just five cents of New Hampshire’s cigarette tax to the New Hampshire Cancer Plan each year, we could fully fund these vital initiatives:
To stop kids from smoking: 1,900 kids become regular smokers each year in New Hampshire.
To screen 1,000 New Hampshire women for breast and cervical cancer: four out of five eligible women are denied screening for lack of funds.
To screen 600 New Hampshire residents for colon cancer: the second leading cause of cancer death.
To promote healthy lifestyles to prevent cancer and other diseases: physical inactivity and poor nutrition account for 1/3 of all cancers.
To support those of us fighting cancer: over 7,000 New Hampshire residents will find out they have cancer this year.
At the press conference we will also be releasing a scrapbook filled with over 500 testimonials from New Hampshire citizens supporting this effort and chronicling the impact of cancer on their lives.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.