There is going to be $21.3 billion in funds generated by the 1998 tobacco settlement and taxes levied on tobacco by states for the fiscal year 2006.
Of this, only $551 million is slated to be devoted to preventing kids from starting smoking. The CDC recommends $1.6 billion for such programs, over
three times the amount currently allocated.
(AP) Study: States Misdirecting Tobacco Money
Dec 1 2005
By JONATHAN M. KATZ
Associated Press Writer
Just a fraction of the money that states received from tobacco settlements and taxes is being used to prevent smoking, advocacy groups reported in a
The report, "A Broken Promise to Our Children," was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer
Society and American Lung Association.
Some $551 million is allocated for tobacco-use prevention programs in the 2006 budget year, the study said. That pales in comparison with the $1.6
billion recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Vince Willmore, spokesman for the campaign.
Even that amount would represent a small part of the $21.3 billion available to states this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and state tobacco
Only Maine, Colorado, Delaware and Mississippi spend at least the minimum levels recommended by the CDC, the study said.
Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire South Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia spend no state funds at all, the report found, while 30 other
states fund at less than half of the recommended amount.
States sell tobacco-related funds to pay off budget shortfalls and use them for capital campaigns and construction projects, the report said.
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These funds need to be responsibly applied to the purpose for which they are intended. There is no excuse for the pittance applied to prevention
Please visit the link below and read "A Broken Promise to Our Children."
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