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Group Calls On New York To Raise Tobacco Tax

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The New York State Department of Health has released new statistics showing a large percentage of cancer survivors continue to smoke, putting their lives and health at further risk.

The numbers show 32% of New Yorkers between 18 and 44 who have been diagnosed with cancer are smoking, compared to just 14% of those in the same age group who have never received a cancer diagnosis.

For those aged 45-64, 16% of cancer survivors smoke compared to 14% of those that have never received a cancer diagnosis.
Julie Hart with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has one fix in mind:

"Tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use in New York state. It's a win-win-win. It will mean fewer smokers, lower health care costs and much-needed revenue for public health programs."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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