Report: Smoking Prevention Program Funding Lacking

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Ten years after the tobacco settlement, a national report suggests states aren't spending enough on programs to keep people from smoking.

States get money under a settlement reached with tobacco companies over tobacco-related health care costs. Over the past decade, states have taken in more than $200 billion of revenue, including cigarette taxes -- but only three percent of that money has gone to anti-smoking efforts.

The Centers for Disease Control recently updated recommendations for how much states put into tobacco prevention programs, taking into account inflation, population gains and new science. The report says no state funds prevention programs at the levels the CDC recommends.

South Carolina, with the lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax at seven cents a pack, ranks last in the study, while Alaska is first.

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