It may have been a cold day in January, but advocates from around the state came to Columbus in a tobacco prevention and cessation strategic summit.
The morning was spent reviewing the current state of tobacco prevention. Unfortunately, Ohio is ranked #50, as in last in the country, for tobacco prevention funding according to a recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. In addition, Ohio is experiencing an increase in our adult smoking rates due to the lack of funding.
The day also marked the American Lung Association's release of the State of Tobacco Control. Their report didn't give Ohio high marks.
However, this didn't deter participants. They spent the afternoon brainstorming and developing personal action plans. While Ohio has experienced significant challenges, advocates remain strong and pledge to see tobacco prevention and cessation funding restored in the state.