In 2011, the General Assembly abolished the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, dismantling North Carolina’s extremely effective tobacco use prevention programs. In 2017, the General Assembly provided $1 million in nonrecurring funds for teen tobacco use prevention programs. While this is a great first step in curbing teen tobacco use in the state, NCAH believes that fully-funded tobacco use prevention programs are essntial in reducing tobacco use among teens in North Carolina and aims to secure $17 million in recurring tobacco use prevention funding.
The NC General Assembly provides $1.45 million in funding for tobacco cessation, including QuitlineNC, North Carolina’s 24/7 tobacco cessation service. NCAH promotes additional funding for tobacco cessation programs to ensure they can provide comprehensive, evidence-based services to all tobacco users who wish to quit.