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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Doctors got it right in anti-smoking letter

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and its primary prevention work group, I’d like to thank you for publishing the recent letter by two pediatricians from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Mark Israel and James Sargent (April 10: “NH should do more to prevent smoking”).

The article highlights key strategies for reducing youth tobacco use that if implemented, would help to relieve the cancer burden in our communities and state, funding for comprehensive statewide tobacco control programs and increasing the tax on tobacco products.

The doctors reminded us that the state of New Hampshire does not use any of the master settlement agreement dollars for tobacco prevention and control – but should – and that tobacco taxes should be raised and not lowered.

Because the use of tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer, and because lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in New Hampshire, the NHCCC is in full agreement with these strategies that support tobacco prevention and tobacco cessation and ultimately help to reduce the cancer burden in our state.

To view the surgeon general’s report, visit www.surgeongeneral.gov. To view the NHCCC Cancer Plan and the objectives related to reducing cancer deaths through tobacco prevention and control, visit www.nhcancerplan.net. You may also contact info@nhcancerplan.org for more information.

Kate McNally

Board member

NH ComprehensiveCancer Collaborative

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