Maine in 2017 had the sixth-highest fee of tobacco-related most cancers circumstances within the U.S., and the eleventh highest fee of tobacco-related deaths nationwide.
The tobacco business has been preying on our youngsters, communities of shade, the LGBTQ group, rural communities, and decrease earnings people for generations. The grownup tobacco use charges in Maine are larger than the nationwide common. And simply over 30% of highschool college students use e-cigarettes, also referred to as vaping. This downside is pressing, and we now have to behave now.
As a former smoker, most cancers survivor and caregiver, I do know firsthand the devastation a most cancers analysis brings. My authentic most cancers analysis was considered metastatic lung most cancers within the breast. It was that analysis that resulted in my quitting after 23 years. I additionally misplaced my mom to lung most cancers.
Tobacco use is the highest preventable explanation for most cancers, and thankfully, there are evidence-based insurance policies to assist lower tobacco use. Funding the tobacco prevention and therapy program on the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention advisable stage of $15.9 million, growing the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, and ending the sale of all flavored tobacco merchandise in Maine — together with menthol cigarettes — will cut back utilization.
I lately joined the American Most cancers Society Most cancers Motion Community Day of Motion to debate these insurance policies with my lawmakers. I’m grateful to Rep. Sheila Lyman for taking time to talk with me and discussing this necessary subject.
I’ll proceed urging our lawmakers to help every of those initiatives and assist shield all Mainers from the tobacco business’s lethal merchandise.
Carol Pesti, Jay
Volunteer, American Most cancers Society Most cancers Motion Community