November was quite a month!  A LOT happened on the national stage, and here in Massachusetts we've kept moving forward.

The Senate released its version of the FY 2021 budget on November 18. It does not include the increase of $500,000 to the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program's (MTCP) line that the House had proposed in its version. Instead, it level-funds the program at the FY 2020 amount of $4.6 million.

The House and Senate are currently in conference to iron out differences between the two versions.  Tobacco Free Mass and other organizations have advocated for the Conference Committee to use the House's version, which would give MTCP a much-needed increase in the face of increased demands on the program. We do not know how long the Conference Committee will deliberate, but we'll keep you posted and we'll let you know what the next steps are.

In good news, the Senate voted down an amendment from Sen. Fattman that would have allowed the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.  This is a victory and validation of our newly-passed law!

We are amazed and grateful for the many, varied nonprofit organizations that work together to make our world a better place. Giving Tuesday is a chance to support those nonprofit organizations, and this year your financial support is especially important.  As you put together your plan to give to the organizations you care about most, please consider supporting Tobacco Free Mass. We are a small organization with a large impact, and we depend on your support.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Beyond Menthol: Untangling Tobacco and Racism, Tobacco Free Mass' 2020 Policy Forum!

A recording of the forum is available online.  Please watch it and share!

Watch the Policy Forum

News you can use

  • Tobacco Free Mass sent a letter to the legislature supporting the SAPHE 2.0 Act, which would strengthen local public health through increased capacity, sustainable funding, data collection, and ensuring standards are met.  The bill was reported favorably out of committee and received funding in the Senate budget.  Learn more about this legislation at MPHA's website.

Upcoming Tobacco Free Mass Meetings

The next full coalition and Advocacy Committee meetings are coming up this week!  You'll receive an agenda shortly in advance of the meeting.

December 3 – Full Coalition meeting from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom.  To attend the meeting, you must register, which you can do with this link.

December 3 – Advocacy Committee meeting from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Zoom. To attend the meeting, you must register, which you can do with this link.

It's cool to be kind

A side benefit of Giving Tuesday is that it shows how many people are actively working to make the world a better place.  A kind world, you could say! It's important to remember that you're part of that movement.


Gwendolyn Stewart

Tobacco Coalition Director

m: (617) 500.3449


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