I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference celebrating the past 50 years of tobacco control – since the 1964 landmark Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of tobacco use. But rather than spend much time reflecting on our successes, we used our time to look ahead to ‘finishing the job". We have achieved great reductions in tobacco use in our nation and in NH since 1964 when smoking was a popular American past-time. However, with over 400,000 lives a year still being lost to tobacco related diseases, our work is far from over. NH has the lowest cigarette excise tax in the northeast and we also have the highest percentage of youth using tobacco. Please help us continue the fight by advocating for policies we know work; increasing prices by raising tobacco excise taxes, smoke-free environments and funding comprehensive tobacco control programs.
20 Dec 2013
50th Anniversary of Tobacco Control in America