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Tobacco industry up to its old tricks again (access required)

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Over time, various polls have shown that the public is usually far ahead of the political establishment in seeing through the tobacco industry’s smokescreen of advancing their own interests while seeming to promote a “public health” measure. It’s gratifying to see that we now have legislators of both parties who can see these tobacco industry efforts for what they are: an attempt to secure their future at the expense of public health.

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We must work to protect the health of women

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We have work to do to protect women’s health. I spent much of my career caring for pregnant teens, women at high risk for substance abuse and those in poverty. I know first-hand the challenges we face and the work we have yet to do. We must protect the lives of women in Arizona by crafting legislation to address domestic violence and IPV. We must address our provider shortage, which severely impacts care, especially in rural areas. We must work to tackle the increasing maternal morbidity and mortality rates in our country and state, especially for women of color. That should be the one true focus for all who govern and care about women and families in Arizona.

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