A promise is a promise
States continue to collect billions of dollars in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement, but they do not spend enough on smoking prevention programs, according to a report from the Washington-based Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids.
$25.1 billion is expected to go to states from the settlement in fiscal year 2010.
2.3% of that amount will be spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
$25.2 million was cut from New York anti-tobacco programs in late November, the largest cut to the state programs.
31 states and the District of Columbia provide less than one-quarter of the funding recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for anti-tobacco programs.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, “A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 11 Years Later,” Dec. 27, 2009.