A Broken Promise to Our Children

December 14, 2010

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds that most states are failing to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at recommended levels, and some states aren’t funding them at all.

The states this year (Fiscal Year 2011) will collect
$25.3 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes,
but are spending only two percent of it — $517.9 million — on programs
to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

The states have cut funding for such programs by
nine percent ($51.4 million) in the past year and by 28 percent
($199.3 million) in the past three years.