Investing in Prevention & Cessation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program guide, recommends that states provide significant investment in tobacco prevention and cessation funding.

Investing in comprehensive tobacco control programs prevents tobacco initiation, promotes quitting, eliminates exposure to secondhand smoke, and identifies and eliminates tobacco-related disparities.

Nevada historically has allocated less than $1 million per year toward comprehensive tobacco control. At only 3.2 percent of the CDC-recommended level of $30 million annually, Nevada is significantly underfunding tobacco control efforts.

Of note, responding to the nationwide epidemic of teen vaping, the 2019 Nevada legislature passed Senate Bill 263. The bill requires taxation and regulation of vapor products and allocated $2 million over two years from those taxes to fund an educational campaign to reduce teen vaping and initiation.

Contact your Nevada Senate Legislator and Contact your Nevada Assembly Legislator to let them know you support investing in comprehensive tobacco control programs.