Each day, more than 3,200 Americans under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. Sadly, many of these teens will struggle for years to quit this costly, dangerous, and addictive habit. Those who are unable to quit are likely to face a lifetime of health problems and hospital bills.
Groups including the American Cancer Society are taking this problem head on. Recently in Pennsylvania, Winning Connections successfully collaborated with American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to pressure the state’s key Legislators into passing a $1 tobacco tax increase. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the tax will prevent or spur more than 100,000 kids and adults from smoking, saving Pennsylvania more than $2 billion in health care costs.
Winning Connections is honored to have worked with ACSCAN on behalf of such an important cause. You can read more about their mission here.