The Governor’s Fiscal ‘19 budget proposes a massive 10% cut to the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP)!
This ill-advised cut would reduce MTCP’s budget to its second lowest level since its start in 1993 and comes at a time when schools are turning to MTCP for help handling Juul and other new tobacco product use, when communities are turning to MTCP for guidance on cannabis cafes’ impact on the Smokefree Workplace Law, and when more support is needed to help individuals trying to quit smoking as they struggle with other addictions.
Contact your legislators now and tell them that, in fact, we need to increase Massachusetts’ ability to respond to the changing face of tobacco.
Ask your Representative and Senator to reverse the Governor’s cut and take a stand against Big Tobacco by increasing funding to $8,250,000 bringing it back to the FY 2007 level.
Call your Representative and Senator by Friday, March 2. Here’s what you could say:
- “I’m calling to ask that Representative _______________ /Senator ____________ ask members of the Ways and Means Committee to increase funding for the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
- The funding in line item 4590-0300 should be increased to the FY 2007 level of $8,250,000.
- This will allow the tobacco program to educate parents and other adults about e-cigarettes, Juul and other emerging products, provide more enforcement of local tobacco laws protecting youth, and work more effectively to help all smokers quit.
If your Representative or Senator is a member of their respective Ways and Means Committee, you could say:
“I’m calling to ask that Representative ________ / Senator ________ use her/his position on the Ways and Means Committee to increase funding for the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program.” …and continue from there.
- Find your legislators and their contact info here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
- See who’s on Ways and Means here: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J39
Calling is quick and usually makes more of an impact, but you can also email the same message.
MTCP is the state’s tobacco control program and is critical to the fight against tobacco in Massachusetts. It implements and enforces laws, funds local boards of health and community organizations to do enforcement and education, runs the state’s quitline, produces ads and materials educating about tobacco and nicotine, and provides surveillance and evaluation for tobacco issues, including the rise in e-cigarette use among young people.