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Many New Yorkers want more anti-tobacco funding

Posted On Thu, March 8, 2012

A poll compiled by the American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other healthcare groups noted that the vast majority of New York residents prefer the Empire State bringing back anti-smoking programs.

More than seven in 10 consumers think that some of the state's tobacco tax should go toward programs that deter people from smoking, the poll showed. Another two-thirds noted that they do not support the state's recent cuts to programs that prevent tobacco use.

"We can spend a little now or a lot later," said Julianne Hart, New York State government relations director for the American Heart Association. "Even in these difficult budget times, voters recognize that tobacco prevention is a smart investment for New York that protects kids, saves lives and saves money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs."

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