Many States Raid Tobacco Funds For General Needs

What happens to all that tobacco money the states get from the landmark 1998 settlement with the industry?

Public health groups say the bulk of it goes to plug holes in state budgets -- most of which are being clobbered by the recession.

In fact, the groups say states cut tobacco prevention programs more than 15 percent this year and have never spent as much of the settlement money on youth smoking prevention as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like.

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia trimmed such spending this year.

Only one state, North Dakota, is meeting its CDC recommendation for the year.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    This is not news. The Federal Government has been using money from Social Security for years. It started out as a trust and was making money. Then Dem's voted to move it from a trust to the general fund and now it is going broke. The states are only following the example by the Feds.
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 9, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    to kimo: it's the nature of politics. hey! how about our own education lottery? lies, lies....liars, liars...all of them.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Why do you suppose it is that there does not seem to be a politician in the whole wide world who is capable of honesty and integrity???
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Oh, you mean the money that was suppose to go to provide healthcare???? I almost forgot about that. So why do we need a healthcare bill again?
  • by hope Location: NC on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Sounds like misappropriation of funds to me...
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