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Help stop cancer: Raise the tax on cigarettes

As an oncologist in our region, I want to do everything in my power to protect others from cancer. That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for their virtual Cancer Action Week.

While we couldn’t travel to Albany, we still made some noise virtually. Volunteers from throughout the state met with lawmakers to let them know we need to stand up to Big Tobacco and raise our cigarette tax. We also let lawmakers know that we can’t afford cuts to public health during a pandemic.

A $1 cigarette tax increase would prevent over 22,000 kids from becoming adult smokers. That’s a true investment in the health of our kids and will help reduce their chance of receiving a cancer diagnosis later in life.

I hope our state lawmakers take a stand against Big Tobacco and stand up for our kids. It’s time to increase the tax on cigarettes and protect our kids.

DR. ARSYL D. DE JESUS

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Radiation Oncologist, New York Oncology Hematology

NYOH-Amsterdam Cancer Center

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