Bad News on State Tobacco Control Programs

Tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death. The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. indicates only a small fraction of the tobacco industry settlement payments and cigarette taxes are being used to support tobacco control programs. Few states require this revenue go toward these programs. If this trend continues, it is expected that more and more youth will begin smoking.

PositiveTip: Encourage your state government to stop diverting tobacco funds and spend them where they were inteneded–on tobacco control programs.