Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, yet it is the least funded.
Where are our tobacco tax dollars going again?
I'm getting a bit tired of being ripped off, how about you?
4 out of 5 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in former smokers and life long non-smokers.
It's time that we smokers and former smokers demand the funding for cancer research that we deserve (we have already paid for it). If this funding should also benefit life long non-smokers as well, who could stand to lose from the funding of lung cancer research?
There is no need for increased taxation on tobacco, only the need for oversight with regards to current tobacco taxes and MSA payments. Quite simply, we need an overhaul in the way tobacco tax dollars are allocated. Too much money has already been wasted on the pet projects of many a politician and special interest group in every nook and cranny of this land under the auspices of public health for projects as wide and varied as golf courses and balancing state budgets from NY to California. That's our money and we should reap the benefits as a result.
It's also time that we are made aware of safer cigarette alternatives that have already been developed, for it's not the act of smoking that is "bad", but the unfortunate adverse health effects that can follow the act of smoking over a long period of time. How is it that smokers are taxed into oblivion, yet lung cancer remains the least funded form of cancer? Concurrently, how is it the right of anyone to deny smokers access to reduced risk products in any form ? A lot of people have been stealing from us in more ways than one. Collectively, there is a need to inform the public of what has become an institutionalized injustice so that we may bring it to an end.
Indeed, it's time to end the stigma and prejudice associated with smoking and lung cancer once and for all.
Let the fight begin!
No One Deserves To Die of Lung Cancer