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Only Four States Fund Tobacco Reduction Programs at Recommended Levels

Most States Fail to Adequately Fund Smoking Prevention Programs, New Study Shows

WASHINGTON, DC -- December 2, 2005 -- Most states are not spending adequate amounts on smoking prevention programs compared to the large sums cigarette manufacturers are spending to promote tobacco use, according to the latest annual report issued by consumer groups. For the current fiscal year, the states combined have allocated $551 million for tobacco prevention programs, while the tobacco companies spend about $15.4 billion annually on marketing, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (Press Release, November 30, 2005). This means that tobacco companies spend about $28 to market tobacco products for every one dollar the states provide for tobacco prevention.

The annual report analyzes how states are using money that they obtained from a 1998 multi-state tobacco settlement. States are expected to receive about $246 billion over 25 years from the settlement.

Although the states collected $21.3 billion this year from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, only four states--Maine, Colorado, Delaware and Mississippi--fund tobacco reduction programs at the minimum level recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia fund programs at less than half the agency's minimum level. Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, and New Hampshire provide no state funding at all for tobacco programs.

"The evidence that tobacco prevention programs save lives and money is apparent; what is lacking is the political will to fund these programs," commented John L. Kirkwood, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "Policymakers throughout the country should stop turning a blind eye to the health and economic costs of tobacco use and addiction and join the few states in making a commitment to tobacco prevention programs."

"This report shows that the states' efforts to protect kids from tobacco have failed to keep up with the record growth in the tobacco industry's marketing of its deadly and addictive products," said William V. Corr, Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "States lack excuses for their failure to protect our children. We have mountains of evidence that prevention programs work to keep kids from smoking, save lives and save money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs."

Obtaining Information on Tobacco Reduction Programs

The annual report was put together by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association. You can access the full text on the web site of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

See State Tobacco Settlement for a complete list by state showing the amount of tobacco-generated revenue received, the minimum recommended CDC level, and the amount actually spent on tobacco reduction programs. You will need to scroll down to the map entitled "Interactive Map: State Funding for Tobacco Prevention," then click on a state or use the drop-down box.

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