States receive an “F” in spending to reduce tobacco

Published on January 24, 2013

Updated on November 21, 2017

A new report released by the American Lung Association shows that most U.S. states are failing in their efforts to use tobacco tax or legal settlement money to fund smoking prevention or cessation programs. In the “State of Tobacco Control 2013” report the American Lung Association graded states on their efforts to reduce tobacco use, giving 42 states an “F” in failing to invest even 50 percent of the amount of money recommended by the CDC on prevention programs. Only two states – North Dakota and Alaska – spent amounts close to the CDC recommendations. The report calls for policymakers to “step up to fund programs and enact polices proven to reduce tobacco use.”

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