Smoking causes one-third of all cancers diagnosed and half of all cancer deaths occurring in New York. Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget plan cuts another $5 million from the amount New York spends on tobacco control.
Health advocates want a larger share of the state’s tobacco revenues used to help people quit smoking, a move they say will save lives and health-care dollars.
Representatives of health-advocacy groups join the Editorial Board to discuss tobacco funding and other health-related issues in a LIVE Editorial Spotlight interview at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Participating are: Blair Horner, American Cancer Society vice president for advocacy; Michael Seilback, American Lung Association in New York vice president, public policy & communications; and Carolyn Torella, American Heart Association’s regional communications director, Hudson Valley.
To watch the interview, go to LoHud.com/editorialspotlight; to comment or ask a question during the interviews, engage the “CoverItLive” feature on the right.