To the Editor:

A huge “thank you”ù to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for voting to spend the $65,000 increase in the County’s Tobacco Master Settlement funds on youth tobacco prevention programs. This is money that comes to the county to prevent youth smoking, promote public health and secure payments to the states and counties. Supervisors Rodoni, Smith, Neely, Woolley and Geist voted unanimously to support our kids.

Thanks also to Phil Crandall and the staff of the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch Tobacco-Free Humboldt Program for their work on this important issue.

The American Cancer Society had asked the Board to direct these new funds to Public Health for youth tobacco prevention because most of our local schools have lost their tobacco prevention funding. We were very concerned to find that as the prevention programs have been cut, the numbers of kids who use tobacco in Humboldt County has been rising. These new funds will help Public Health bring effective, research-tested tobacco prevention programs to children in key school districts.

The tobacco industry spends two million dollars every day to convince our kids to smoke and chew – now we can do a better job of fighting back.

Lin Glen, Chair

No Tobacco Committee

American Cancer Society

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