Governor Christie and Assembly act to increase anti-tobacco funding.
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Thanks to New Jersey "You're the Cure" advocates making their voices heard over the past few years, NJ could finally see a big boost in anti-tobacco funding in 2018! The Senate voted in June to increase anti-tobacco funding to 1% of the tobacco tax that NJ collects, which is estimated to be $6.7 million. Governor Christie issued a "conditional veto" in July because he wants to delay the funding until next fiscal year. If the Legislature accepts that condition, the funding will be part of next year's budget.
The Assembly accepted this proposal unanimously when they met in July. We urge the Senate to vote in favor of it at their next meeting, which is scheduled for August 25.
Funding anti-tobacco programs at approximately $6.7 million is a step in the right direction for New Jersey. The funding included in this year's budget was only $500,000. With the increase, New Jersey will be able to do more to help smokers quit and stop kids from ever picking up the habit.