Here at the American Heart Association, we know our advocates have a broad range of interests, from CPR, to Heart Disease Prevention, to Physical Education and everything in between. If tobacco interests are your particular area of interest, we wanted to pass along an event that is being hosted by our friends at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. ACS CAN, along with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association keep close tabs on legislation at the State Capitol concerning tobacco issues.
On May 4th, advocates from across Wisconsin will join forces to talk to lawmakers about tobacco issues, in particular, legislation that would close the little cigar tax loophole. Little cigars are often flavored, look and are packaged nearly identical to cigarettes, but because they are wrapped in brown paper they are taxed at a lower price than conventional cigarettes. The loophole means these products can be sold for a much lower price than cigarettes. Keeping cheap flavored tobacco products out of the hands of kids should be a top priority.
If you’d like to attend this event, please click here to register: www.acscan.org/wi2017. Be sure to sign up using your home address to ensure that you are matched to your own legislators and select “American Heart Association advocate” from the drop-down menu in the participant information segment. Note that registration closes on April 28th!
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Location: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703
This is a free event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration and continental breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Training and preparation in the morning. In the afternoon, we will meet with lawmakers at the Capitol and urge them protect kids form cheap, flavored tobacco products.