Those of you who are long-time You're the Cure advocates are very familiar with the American Heart Association's efforts over the years to advocate for funding the state budget to prevent smoking and tobacco use in our kids and to help smokers who wish to quit to kick the habit. New Jersey completely eliminated the funding from the state budget in 2010 and we have been advocating to get it reinstated since but have been unsuccessful so far. New Jersey is the only state in the country that dedicates no funding to fighting the #1 preventable cause of death and we have been at the bottom of the list for years.
However, there is a glimmer of hope this year! Legislators on both sides of the aisle are supporting legislation to address this lack of funding by dedicating a small portion of the tobacco tax to anti-tobacco programs and prevention. There was some movement at the end of last legislative session but time ran out. We are hopeful that our champions in the Legislature can get some momentum behind this and get it moving soon. We will be asking you, our dedicated You're the Cure advocates to act in the coming weeks and months so that we might finally win this battle!