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Great American Smokeout: Advocates Seek More Tobacco Regulation in Ohio
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Representatives of the American Cancer Society are calling on Ohio lawmakers to pass stricter regulations on the sale and use of tobacco products.
Members of the Amercian Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) announced the effort on Thursday as part of the organization's 38th annual Great American Smokeout, which is a nationwide event created to encourage smokers to drop the dangerous habit.
ACS CAN members are pushing Ohio legislators to aid smokers who decide to quit by reducing workplace smoking while increasing excise taxes on tobacco and funding for prevention and cessation programs.
Most adult tobacco users want to quit, and lawmakers have the ability to ensure all people have access to lifesaving programs to help them through the process, said Jeff Stephens, director of state and federal policy for ACS CAN.
Tobacco use is the top contributing factor in preventable deaths in the U.S., killing 400,000 Americans each year, according to an ACS CAN media release.
Now is not the time to back down on tobacco control," Stephens said. "Ohio must continue the positive trend of increasing tobacco taxes with new revenue directed to fund critical lifesaving tobacco prevention and cessation programs.