2014 Tobacco-Use Prevention Policy Priorities
Tobacco-Use Prevention Policy Priorities:
- Secure full CDC-recommended levels of funding for evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs in North Carolina.
· Intermediate Goal: Secure at least 25 percent of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funds to fund evidence-based tobacco use prevention and cessation to improve health and save health care costs. This percentage is based on a 1999 law passed by the General Assembly directing that 25 percent of the state’s annual MSA funding be dedicated to health programs.
· Short Term Goal: Secure $1 million for statewide tobacco use prevention programs; Maintain $1.2 million in recurring state funds for NC’s tobacco cessation program (QuitlineNC).
· Protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke:
· Protect existing smoke-free law which made restaurants and bars smoke-free on January 2, 2010;
· Expand existing smoke-free law by advocating for legislation to make all NC worksites and public places 100% smoke-free, in combination with;
· Advocate for legislation that expands local control so local communities can pass ordinances to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in worksites (in addition to public places granted in 2010).
- Support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax BY at least $1.00 and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes;
- Support reinstating North Carolina’s cigarette tax stamp to promote health, safety, crime prevention efforts and increased state revenue.
Click here to sign the Resolution in Support of Making ALL Worksites and Public Places Smoke-Free.
Click here to sign the Resolution in Support of an Increase in NC's Cigarette Tax by $1.00
Letter to Pitt County Board of Health in Support of Appeal
Summary of 2013 Tobacco Control Policy Priority Outcomes
NC Alliance for Health Advocacy Guide and Workbook
NC Alliance for Health Preemption in Public Health Toolkit
For information on Emerging Tobacco Products, click here.
Check out smokefree.nc.gov as a resource on HB 2 implementation.
This link contains downloadable items that should be helpful for you as a business owner or manager, or as a healthcare professional.
Educational materials for Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law.
Teen Smoking Rates Drop to Historic Low- Spring 2012
View a video of the signing ceremony (courtesty of WRAL).
November 22, 2010 Alliance Executive Committee Member Peg O'Connell talks with NC Policywatch about Alliance Policy Priorities
May 17, 2010 NC Alliance for Health News Release in Response to Chaloupka Report
May 17, 2010 A Significant Cigarette Tax Rate Increase in North Carolina Would Produce a Large, Sustained Increase in State Tobacco Tax Revenues
May 17, 2010 The Charlotte Observer
S.C. right to raise tobacco tax by $.50- North Carolina dime hike last year was paltry in comparison
04.1.10- WRAL News
Smoking ban, other factors boost downtown business
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Winter 2009 Update
Read the Alliance press release on the J1 Committee vote
02.15.09 - Winston-Salem Journal
The time has come
February 2009 - Benefits from a $1.00 cigarette tax increase (post-SCHIP federal tax increase) in North Carolina
01.31.09 - Winston-Salem Journal
Public health must take precedence
January 2009 - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids analyzes benefits from a $1.00 cigarette tax increase in North Carolina.
State Government Radio
Anne Thornhill, Vice Chair of the Alliance, discusses House Bill 2 (.mp3)
November 25, 2008
Anti-smoking group calls for $1 increase in cigarette tax
See the video of the news piece.
May 21, 2008
Letter to the Editor (by Richard R. Rosen, MD)
Accomplish much by taxing cigarettes more
Greensboro News and Record
Alliance Press Release (3.21.07): Historic legislation to limit exposure to deadly secondhand smoke passes House Judiciary Committee.
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