Teens, Lobbyists: Student Smoking Prevention Funding Should Continue

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 300 young people gathered at the North Carolina Legislature to highlight successes in reducing teen smoking rates while health lobbyists urged lawmakers to provide a steady funding source again for prevention programs.

The event organized by the North Carolina Alliance for Health brought together youth tobacco use prevention advocates statewide to the Legislative Building on Thursday.

Legislators and health leaders praised teens for programs that have helped reduced student smoking rates since 2003.

Health lobbyists attribute the drop to tobacco prevention programs funded by the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which held a portion of North Carolina's share of the national tobacco settlement. Lawmakers eliminated the fund, and tobacco prevention and cessation programs received $17 million this year only. The alliance wants the money to continue.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    As I look around me here and while I travel, I see more young people smoking, not less. I have even noted that they look younger and younger. Making laws for anti smoking only makes the forbidden fruit more attractive. Case in point, pot, crack....I am sure all those laws on the book are working real good.
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      by REM on Feb 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Laws work perfectly fine when they are enforced properly. When a "progressive" society takes over and mandates that every criminal can be "rehabilitated", then the system really starts to fall apart.
  • by They look so cool on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:12 AM
    Smoking is for idiots
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM
    Please tell me how throwing money around will "prevent" people from doing what is obviously harmful to your body? If people want to smoke, then they will. In this day and age, they already know all of the risk factors; end of story.
  • by This Dog Smokes Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
    1 % of the money going to prevention. 99 % going into someones pockests.
  • by Better Use Of Funds on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:05 PM
    Pregnancy Prevention
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