Members of our committee have been collaborating for more than two decades to improve the health and well-being of Maine people by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, reducing tobacco use rates and assuring that funds from the Tobacco Master Settlement are used for tobacco use prevention and treatment first.
Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.
Healthy families are key to lowering health care costs and sustaining a strong economy. When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, and businesses can add jobs because health costs are lower. This is why it’s more important than ever that we continue to use the Tobacco Master Settlement for what it was intended: reduce the burden of tobacco.
Maine’s economic prosperity depends on lowering the cost of health care for businesses. Using the Tobacco Master Settlement to fund tobacco use prevention and treatment is an effective strategy. Maine business leaders consistently identify lowering health costs as the single most important priority for lawmakers to address in their efforts to spur new economic growth.
What the 119th Legislature established was truly visionary – investing in the prevention of disease and promotion of good health today in order to reduce health costs in the long run.
Tobacco Policy Materials
E-Cigarette fact sheet– LD1108 has been passed by the House and Senate but we are expected a veto by the Governor. Please take a moment to read the fact sheet and contact your legislator to ask for their support in prohibiting e-cigarettes in public spaces.
Cigar Bars Fact Sheet– this bill is dead in the legislature. Thanks for all your support in ensuring we did not see an erosion in our tobacco laws this session!
LD386 Fact Sheet (2013 bill to restore cessation benefits to MaineCare members. This bill was vetoed in 2014 and the legislature won an over ride on the Governor’s veto. MPHA strongly supported this bill)