Increase Funding For Tobacco Control and Cessation
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask that New York City increase funding for the NYCDOHMH Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control by at least $2 million to $9.2 million annually. In April 2015 Mayor de Blasio announced his One New York: Plan for a Strong and Just City. In it he set out a goal to cut premature mortality by 25% by 2040, while reducing racial/ethnic disparities. Despite progress in the past decade, tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in New York City killing approximately 12,000 people each year and more than a half million New Yorkers live with serious smoking-caused illnesses and disabilities.
One immediate and proven way to work toward your One New York goal is to reduce the number of deaths directly caused by tobacco. Many New Yorkers will face an especially daunting challenge when the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule requiring all public housing agencies across the country to prohibit lit tobacco products on their properties goes into effect in 2018.
In FY 2017-18 we request that New York City increase funding for the NYCDOHMH Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control by at least $2 million to $9.2 million annually to ensure that the broad citywide progress achieved in the past decade continues and significant help is provided to those who will be impacted by the HUD rule. An increase in funding like this would allow for the development and implementation of a comprehensive smoking cessation program targeting those impacted the most by the HUD ruling and at the same time continue support for the historically successful tobacco control and cessation efforts underway by New York City. This effort would have a significant impact on the health of New Yorkers and directly address the disparities that are all too often found among smokers and non-smokers in New York City. Support for this request will be a direct step toward achieving Mayor de Blasio's One New York health goals.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]