Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

This week Governor Richardson made it official (and better).

As expected Governor Richardson signed a bill that will increase the tobacco tax by $.75 per pack. This action will lower smoking rates in New Mexico and will keep thousands of kids from ever starting to smoke. He even made the bill better by removing a provision that would have repealed the tax after 4 years. Now the tax will be permanent making it a long term improvement for public health

Please thank the Governor and members that voted YES!

We ask a lot from our lawmakers and they hear from us on many issues. Let's thank them for stepping up for public health and helping to reduce the number one cause of preventable death -- tobacco.

Thanks for your support.


Lawmakers Talking Tobacco Tax Again

For weeks there was no movement on a proposed cigarette tax increase. But with recent developments it now has life! Please call your State Representative and State Senator and tell them to support a strong tobacco tax increase.

Click here for your lawmaker's phone number and talking points.

(After clicking on the Take Action button you will need to click on the link that says "Download your phone file". Then you will see the talking points and Phone Numbers.)

Having a strong tobacco tax is one of the most effective ways of reducing smoking and preventing youths from picking up the habit. Every state that increases their tobacco tax sees a reduction in smoking and an increase in revenue that can be used fund tobacco prevention programs.

In the New Mexico legislature there were multiple proposals to raise the tobacco tax but they all seemed dead. Until now. Lawmakers are now taking a second look at this issue and we need to make our case.

Please call your lawmakers and tell them to support a strong tobacco tax.

Click on the links above to access talking points. Feel free to put the information in your own words and include personal stories about smoking that you may have. A short call can have a big impact. With only a few days left in the session, please call today!


NM Volunteers Featured in new You’re the Cure Video

New Mexico advocate David Bess is featured in a new You’re the Cure video that highlighted his time in Washington DC last fall. (Dave is the first advocate to speak appearing at the :30 mark).

Dave came to the Hill to lobby for Healthcare reform and shared his story with New Mexico lawmakers. Please view the video and tell us what you think.

How would healthcare reform impact you?


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