WASHINGTONIn at least one-third of the states, legislators have
proposed spending less than 2% of the funds the state will receive
from last years tobacco settlement on antitobacco prevention
programs, according to a new report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids and the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA says many
state legislators are ignoring evidence that tobacco prevention
programs work, especially those aimed at young people.
Four states have made a commitment to fund tobacco prevention
programs beyond a minimal level, and eight others are considering
such proposals. But in one-third of the states and the District of
Columbia, allocating of funds was dominated by proposals for things
totally unrelated to the purposes for which the states brought their
lawsuits, such as reducing the car tax in Rhode Island and funding
college scholarships in Michigan.