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Tell City Council to vote no more tobacco retailers in Philadelphia

We need your help right now to let the Philadelphia City Council know that we do not want more tobacco retailers in our city.

Did you know that Philadelphia has more than twice as many stores selling tobacco products, per capita, as other major US cities and that smoking rates are higher at schools in neighborhoods with more than five tobacco-selling retailers?

Currently, there is a bill in the Philadelphia City Council Finance Committee that would allow thousands of Philadelphia retailers to obtain new tobacco permits, increasing the number of stores selling tobacco in low-income communities and near schools.

Contact the members of city council today. Tell them to take a stand for Philly residents and oppose efforts to roll back regulations on tobacco retailers.

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Oppose Bill No. 180522; no more tobacco retailers in Philadelphia!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to oppose Bill No. 180522, legislation that would roll back existing regulations and allow new retailers to obtain tobacco sales permits in Philadelphia, including those stores near schools. This bill would disproportionately impact low-income communities in Philadelphia.

More than 3,500 Philadelphians are killed each year by tobacco products, making tobacco the top cause of preventable death in our city. Smoking rates in Philadelphia are the highest among the ten largest U.S. cities, and are even higher in low-income neighborhoods.

According to the City Department of Public Health, Philadelphia has more than twice as many retailers per capita as other major US cities. As of June 2016, Philadelphia had 2.21 tobacco retailers per 1000 residents compared to an estimated 1.20 in Washington, DC, 1.15 1.27 in Los Angeles, 1.15 in New York City, 1.05 in San Francisco, and 0.92 in Chicago.

The Department also notes that tobacco retailers are heavily concentrated in low-income neighborhoods. Philadelphia's low-income neighborhoods have 69 percent more tobacco retailers overall, and 63 percent more tobacco retailers within 500 feet of schools, then high-income neighborhoods. Some low-income neighborhoods have three times as many tobacco retailers per capita as some high-income neighborhoods. Nationally, smoking rates are higher at schools in neighborhoods with more than five tobacco-selling retailers than at schools where there are less.

To promote public health in our communities and to safeguard the youth in our city, I ask you to support the existing regulations for tobacco retailers and to oppose Bill No. 180522.

Thank you,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]