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  • NJ A2219
  • Supplemental appropriation to DOH for $7,560,000 for anti-tobacco programs.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill appropriates $7.56 million for anti-smoking programs in the Department of Health, providing the same level of appropriation that these programs received in fiscal year 2010, prior to their elimination from the State budget. The bill appropriates $5.76 million for school-based programs and youth anti-smoking, and $1.8 million for general anti-smoking programs. The bill also restores a language provision that would allow funds to be transferred between the two accounts, which was included in annual appropriations acts prior to the elimination of these two line items. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 11,000 lives are prematurely lost due to tobacco use in New Jersey each year. In addition, tobacco use costs the State more than $3 billion in health care bills annually, including nearly $1 billion in Medicaid payments alone. This supplemental appropriation represents a small step toward restoring the $30 million that the State appropriated for tobacco prevention in fiscal years 2001 through 2003, which is still far short of the roughly $120 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health and Senior Services
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 3/7/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
3/7/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/7/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported Favorably 8 3 2