newsletter state - id
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Funding
Many people may not remember, or be familiar with, the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) so I want to remind people of what exactly it was and what it meant for Idaho. This was a legal agreement between 52 states and territories and the four major tobacco companies in the U.S. that settled dozens of lawsuits brought by state attorneys general to recover the costs associated with smoking related illnesses.
Idaho participated in this lawsuit, and as a result, receives approximately $18 million per year from the settlement. This led the state legislature to establish the Idaho Millennium Fund, which was designed to invest these dollars and provide funding in perpetuity to support tobacco prevention and cessation, as well as other substance use prevention programs. However, within the law, there is no requirement these dollars be used specifically for tobacco prevention efforts. Recently, these annually appropriated funds have shifted to support other health care initiatives.
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Join Us October 6th
We enjoyed connecting with You're the Cure advocates from across the country last month as part of our RelentlessTogether National Advocacy Chat Series, highlighting key federal public policy efforts and the future of Heart.
If you missed any of the four chats, we invite you to visit act.yourethecure.org/relentless to catch the replays and to share them with friends.
In case you have any questions after watching the recordings we wanted to offer office hours on Zoom (details below) on October 6th at noon PST. This is a casual time for you to connect with us and ask any questions that weren't addressed during the chats or any other questions you might have about the work we are doing in your state.
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