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American Legacy Foundation Steps Forward to Fight For, Safeguard Ohio's Tobacco Settlement Dollars
Date:4/21/2008

s. On April 10, Judge Fais of the Court of Common Pleas, ordered the maintenance of the status quo until a preliminary injunction hearing scheduled to be held on April 24. On April 16, OTPF's Board tried to withdraw its request that the state treasurer transfer the funds to the American Legacy Foundation.

"Lung cancer is the nation's leading cancer killer," said Bernadette A. Toomey, president and chief executive officer of the American Lung Association. "If we are to save lives, more - not less - tobacco settlement funds must be devoted to the effort to keep youth from starting to smoke and help smokers quit. By eliminating the vast majority of Ohio's tobacco control funding, the state is effectively turning its back on the number one preventable cause of death - tobacco."

"We applaud the American Legacy Foundation for taking this bold step to protect children from tobacco addiction and save lives in Ohio," said Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "By proposing to gut Ohio's highly successful tobacco prevention program, the Governor and legislative leaders have abandoned Ohio's children and put the state's health at risk. Unless reversed, their decision will guarantee that for years to come more Ohio children will become addicted to tobacco, more Ohio citizens will die prematurely from tobacco use, and Ohio taxpayers will foot the bill for higher health care costs."

The American Legacy Foundation(R) is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Located in Washington, D.C., the foundation develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use, especially among vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the toll of tobacco, through grants, technical assistance and training, partnerships, youth activism, and counter-marketing and grassroots marketing campaigns. The foundation's programs include truth(R), a national youth smoking prevention campaign that
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