Daley earns ‘Distinguished Advocacy Award’ from American Cancer Society

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, received the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s “Distinguished Advocacy Award” today for her work to prevent the repeal of the electronic cigarette tax last year. The award was presented during ACS CAN’s Day at the Capitol event.

“It is a privilege to receive an advocacy award from such a distinguished organization,” Daley said. “ACS CAN is an important partner in the push for smart policies to treat and prevent cancer. I thank them for recognizing the importance of minimizing the use of electronic cigarettes by ensuring they are taxed the same as other tobacco products.”

ACS CAN’s “Distinguished Advocacy Award” is presented to select officials who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy.

“It was an honor to award Representative Mary Jo Daley the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Distinguished Advocacy Award,” said Diane Phillips, director of government relations for ACS CAN in Pennsylvania. “Representative Daley was awarded for her work last year to prevent the rollback of the recently implemented electronic cigarette tax.”

Because of Daley’s leadership, ACS CAN said the effort to roll back the tax did not make it through the House before the end of last session and it remains difficult for this issue to gain momentum in the new session.

“By preventing the roll back of the tax, Representative Daley has had a positive impact on the health of Pennsylvanians,” Phillips said. “We know that raising tobacco taxes is one of the most impactful ways to keep people from starting tobacco.”