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Yes on 35

Dear Editor:Among the many ballot issues voters will face is Amendment 35.It’s a chance to do the right thing: to fund tobacco prevention and cessation along with numerous health programs, including nonprofits like Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs, through an increase in tobacco taxes. The increase will raise Colorado’s tax rate on tobacco products from the lowest in the nation to roughly the average rate among the 50 states. An amendment is necessary because the Colorado Legislature has diverted funds from the multistate tobacco settlement lawsuit to fund general appropriations, eliminating support for tobacco prevention and other health care priorities. At the same time, they have made cuts in a wide variety of health-related programs. Amendment 35 will help to reinvigorate statewide prevention programs for tobacco use, as well as early detection and treatment of cancer and heart and lung disease. Equally important, it will fund care for uninsured and low-income patients, and help provide health insurance for low-income children. When you vote yes on 35, you will enable health centers, hospitals and other health care givers and educators throughout the state and in the Roaring Fork Valley to help someone you know – a neighbor, friend, employee or family member. Thanks for your support!David Adamsonexecutive directorMountain Family Health Center

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