Tobacco Free Mass

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It’s been a busy November and December, a fitting ending to a busy year.  So bake a batch of the best gingerbread cookies ever, grab a mug of cocoa, and settle in to read all about it! Tobacco Free Mass Legislative Priorities Thanks to many dedicated Coalition members, we’ve set our legislative priorities for the […]

Monthly Update: Summer 2018

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The story of the summer is the amazing legislative successes our coalition has had!  Our priority youth tobacco prevention legislation passed and we were able to secure a half million dollar increase for the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program.  Hooray!  And now it’s time to build on those successes—we’re gearing up by getting informed.  […]

Monthly Update: June 2018

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Progress on the youth tobacco prevention legislation, keeping our fingers crossed on the MTCP budget, and a reminder about our policy forum on September 6! Status of Tobacco Legislation The youth tobacco prevention bill passes the Senate!  The Senate passed the passed Tobacco Free Mass’ priority legislation last week by a margin of 33-3!  This […]

Monthly Update: May 2018

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With TFM’s priority legislation on the move and MTCP’s budget headed for conference, June will not be boring!  We’ll have a chance to hear more at our June 7 full coalition meeting. Status of Tobacco Legislation The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) budget is headed for conference committee.  The House funded the program […]

Monthly Update: April 2018

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April showers bring May…legislative progress?  We’ll keep the pressure on and see! Status of Tobacco Legislation The House funded the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) at an increase of $500,000!  If this holds through the Senate, it would be the first increase in over a decade!  Here’s a recap of what’s happened so […]

Monthly Update: March 2018

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Despite snow events and snow non-events, there’s been a lot of action in March!  Status of Tobacco Legislation Omnibus bill is in the House Ways and Means Committee! Tobacco Free Mass’ priority legislation was reported out of the Joint Committee on Public Health in January, moved to the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance, and […]

Monthly Update: February 2018

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February has been a busy month in the fight against tobacco here in Massachusetts! As we move into March, the pace doesn’t show any signs of letting up. There’s been a lot of activity on the legislative front, some interesting studies being released on a variety of tobacco-related topics, and a couple of energetic groups […]

Monthly Update: January 2018

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  Status of Tobacco Legislation Omnibus bill voted out of Public Health Committee!  Tobacco Free Mass’ priority legislation was reported out of the Joint Committee on Public Health earlier in the month. It is now in the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance, chaired by Rep. Peter Kocot and Sen. James Welch.  The bill has […]

Monthly Update: December 2017

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          Talking the Talk: Tobacco Terms Every year, as Tobacco Free Mass works at the State House to pass legislation, the issue of preemption emerges.  Preemption at the state level on a specific topic removes municipalities’ ability to pass regulations on that topic.  Preemption is often offered as a way to […]