12 | 13 | 2010

$17 Million Budget Cut Delays Start of New Borough Partnerships

During the final hours of New York State’s 2009 budget talks, legislators cut an additional $10 million from the NYS Tobacco Control Program, which had already been reduced from $85.5 million to $78 million in earlier cuts. This brought the total amount cut from the NYS Tobacco Control Program to nearly $17 million since August 2008.

As a result, the launch of the Coalition’s five new borough partnerships has been significantly delayed. Of equal concern is the probability that budget balancing is not over and further cuts to the State’s Tobacco Control Program could occur. At $68 million, the State’s Tobacco Control Program is already functioning well below the CDC recommendations ($254 million) for effective funding.

Further cuts would be disastrous, eroding gains made in reducing smoking prevalence rates. If you are interested in helping to prevent further devastating cuts, contact your legislators today and express your opinion or contact the Coalition to voice your concerns.