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A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 state tobacco settlement nine years later.

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Publication Date: December 2007

Publisher(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Topic: Health (Licensing and regulation)


This December 12, 2007, report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids assesses whether the states are keeping their promise to use a significant portion of the 1998 multistate tobacco settlement to address tobacco use in the United States. The report ranks the states based on their funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs as compared to the funding levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among other key findings, the report suggests that only three states meet CDC recommendations for tobacco prevention funding—Maine, Delaware, Colorado. And although state funding for tobacco prevention programs is up by 20 percent, that is only about 3 percent of the $25 billion states will collect from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes this year.


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