Encourage Federal Government to Take More Action to Control Tobacco Use

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Limit the use of harmful tobacco in America to keep citizens healthy.

In the year 2012, over forty states received failing grades from the Center for Disease Control for not using enough of their government budgets to support anti-tobacco programs. Only two states in the entire country got A’s in the category. This needs to change immediately; states need to do whatever they can to ensure that their citizens stay healthy, and using money to promote anti-tobacco programs is a good way to start.

Most states certainly failed to do so in 2012. Despite the fact that state governments earned billions of dollars from tobacco taxes and other legislature designed to regulate tobacco use, they failed to put an adequate percentage of that money toward anti-tobacco legislature. A collective $26 billion was earned by the state governments through anti-tobacco legislature in 2012; only $462 million was spent on further anti-tobacco programs, and this figure represents just an eighth of the amount that the Center for Disease Control recommends.

The Center for Disease Control cited the introduction of cheap, flavored cigars and the failure to adequately account for their use as a major concern. They believe that the failure to regulate the cigars represents a possible major health concern that needs to be dealt with. It was not paid enough attention to in 2012.

The federal government has been offered several possible courses of action with regard to dealing with this problem, and there is evidently a plan in place to launch a large-scale multimedia campaign in 2013 that has an anti-tobacco stance. But action must come sooner rather than later with regard to regulations on tobacco, or the country could get a lot less healthy in a hurry.

Sign this petition and urge the president to take action.


President Obama,

Your state governments are not spending nearly enough money on anti-tobacco programs. They take in billions of dollars from anti-tobacco legislature; why isn’t more of it going towards informing citizens of tobacco’s dangers?

More citizens need to be alerted to the serious health problems that tobacco can create. More specifically, they need to gain a greater incentive to quit smoking or regularly using tobacco, as it is one of the least healthy products that can enter the human body. Spending money on anti-tobacco programs is a good way to progress toward achieving this goal.

For the federal government, this could mean enforcing a mandatory minimum on anti-tobacco spending. It could mean having companies offer compensation packages to employees who quit smoking. It could involve lowering the costs of treatment programs. It could involve creating more positions for health counselors who help those in the process of quitting. No matter what, the government needs to take a larger stand against tobacco in whatever way possible.

If 2012 was any indication, the tobacco problem in the country is not improving. Make sure that people aren’t saying the same thing at the end of 2013.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. We’ve known that smoking and tobacco are dangerous and hazardous to health for decades now, and yet governments still aren’t going all-out to prevent it? This needs to change, and soon.

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