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American Cancer Society Calls For Price Fairness And Upping Smoking Age In Michigan

Jan 21, 2019

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Some health advocates want to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases.  The American Cancer Society also wants changes to make pricing for cancer treatments more fair in Michigan.


Right now, insurance companies in Michigan can make cancer patients pay more out of pocket for oral chemotherapy drugs than they do for intravenous drugs.

Andrew Schepers is with the American Cancer Society.

“We want to level the playing field in all pharmaceutical treatment types in cancer patients.”

Schepers also says they also want lawmakers to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.  He says this will reduce the number of people addicted to nicotine.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org