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Maine participated in the national tobacco settlement because many Maine people suffered disease and death as a result of tobacco use encouraged by the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry.
Maine is one of 46 states that receives an annual payment from the 1998 legal settlement with Phillip-Morris (the tobacco company). The Fund for a Healthy Maine is not part of the General Fund and it's not a rainy day fund.
We have an ethical and moral obligation to allow the Fund to work as intended — preventing disease and promoting good health so Maine people can be healthy and productive for generations to come. This was our past. Protect our future.
The Fund's prevention programs have been under-resourced, eliminated or short-staffed to solve a short-term budget fix. This is not what this money was meant for. Prevention + detection + treatment: these are the only ways to be successful in improving health and reducing costs in the long run. That is where the money should be going.
The Fund for A Healthy Maine supports district and statewide public health efforts, providing the necessary platform for communities too draw down private, state and federal matching funds for education, prevention, school-based health care, local policy change, lead paint testing and other tradition public health department services.
Keeping the Fund working to prevent disease and promote good health is our best opportunity to support healthy families. By taking money away from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the health of Maine will be at risk. The chance to lower healthcare costs, support good health and turn Maine's economy around will be diminished.
What Information We Collect
We collect only the personal information you voluntarily provide to us. “Personal information” includes your name, email address, and any other personal information you provide through contact forms, registrations, surveys, etc. We may use this information for specific, limited purposes, such as promotions regarding updates to our website, new products or services, and upcoming events. You may always “opt out,” either now or at any time in the future, if you do not wish to receive our messages.
To best meet our website users’ needs, we may also collect domain or internet protocol information. This information is used by us solely to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our website, and to measure website traffic and is in no way associated with your name, email address, mailing address, or telephone number.
When We May Disclose Your Information
We take your privacy very seriously. Your personal information is used exclusively by us. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose your personal information to any third parties, except where required by law or litigation, or if we determine that disclosure is necessary for national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance.
Links to Other Websites
We may provide links to other websites that we think may be of interest to you. These websites operate independently from us and contain their own privacy and security policies. We encourage you to review those policies before submitting any personal information through such external websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.
Children’s Online Privacy
In compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website is directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
How We Protect Your Personal Information
We use a variety of security measures, including administrative, technical, and physical measures, to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, and well as unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. When online donors enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers), that information is encrypted using industry standard encryption software and all reasonably necessary, additional measures are taken to protected it.
Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Information
Upon your request, we will provide you with a summary of any personal information retained by us that has been voluntarily provided by you to us through online forms, registration forms, surveys, email, or another online avenue. You may modify, correct, change, update, or remove your personal information by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org (This does not apply to collection of the type of Web browser of the user to our website, or to non-identifiable user information provided or collected).