In 1998 the tobacco companies struck a deal worth $246 billion over the first 25 years with the states (U.S.). Sadly, public health organizations report that less than 2% of the $25.7 billion dollars states will collect next year from tobacco tax and settlement revenues will be used to fight smoking. Only two states–Alaska and North Dakota–fund tobacco prevention programs at Centers for Disease Control recommended levels.
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