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My father was on my mind when I turned in a stack of signatures recently to help qualify a $2-per-pack tobacco tax on the November ballot. Dad started using tobacco when he was 11 years old and died from lung cancer when I was only 17. This year alone, tobacco use will claim the lives of 1,600 Montanans, which is why it is so important voters have a chance to approve a tobacco tax increase that will save lives and help keep kids from ever using tobacco.

As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I’ve spent most of my spare time in recent weeks gathering signatures from family, friends, neighbors and people I don’t even know — all to get Initiative 185 before voters. I’m pleased to report, across Montana, we collected 15,000 more signatures than required and turned in all 40,000 signatures a day ahead of the deadline!

I hope you will support the Healthy Montana campaign and vote YES on 185 in November. This initiative will help make sure that someone else’s dad sticks around a lot longer for his daughter.

Lois Fitzpatrick, ACS CAN volunteer

Helena

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