The group that includes the American
Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Lung Association says
The group calling itself the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says the state should be using money from the proceeds from the 1998 tobacco settlement and the state's cigarette tax to fund more than $70 million in programs.
As it is, the campaign says
Other key finds include:
States have failed to reverse deep cuts that reduced tobacco prevention funding by 36 percent, or $260.5 million, from FY 2008 to FY 2012. Funding this year is essentially flat with the $456.7 million budgeted last year.
Most states are falling short of funding levels for tobacco prevention recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The $459.5 million the states have budgeted amounts to just 12.4 percent of the $3.7 billion the CDC recommends for all the states combined.