Less funding for tobacco prevention

(KTSF by Susannah Lee) A new study shows that states have slashed funding for tobacco prevention.  The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, a group for protection of the youth from tobacco, released a new report showing that states have cut back funding for tobacco prevention by 36% in the last 4 years.  That’s the lowest amount  since 1999.

National figures show that in the fiscal year 2012, funds and taxes received from the tobacco industry totals $25 billion; funding for tobacco prevention however, is only $456 million, meaning states are spending less than 2 cents out of each dollar they received.  California, ranked 22nd for the amount of funds spent on tobacco prevention, set a budget of only $70 million out of the $1.6 billion from the industry. The CDC recommended an amount of $440 million.

Previously, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proportion of smoking high school students in the United States had dropped to 19.5% in 2009, from 34.8% in 1999.
This figure seems to correlate with the introduction of the Tobacco Settlement in 1998, in which the tobacco industry agreed to pay 46 states an annual sum of money to partially cover tobacco related medical costs.


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