Niagara Gazette

January 27, 2013

Cuomo budget cuts anti-smoking effort

Staff Reports
Associated Press

ALBANY — New York's top anti-smoking groups say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal will again cut effective anti-smoking programs.

The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and other groups urge Cuomo to back off on what they say will the latest of a series of state budget cuts for anti-smoking programs including TV ad campaigns. Their letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Cuomo said in his 2013-14 budget presentation last week that his budget would be "expanding tobacco cessation efforts."

His proposal calls for consolidating 89 health awareness and prevention programs into six pools. Groups would compete for funds. Anti-smoking groups say that would ultimately reduce funding for their programs.

The budget proposes $40 million for all the programs, the same total the groups now receive.