State spending less on tobacco cessation programs

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Tobacco prevention funding cuts have dropped Colorado’s ranking for such funding from 9th to 21st in the nation.

Colorado spends $12.4 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, including $11.1 million in state funds and a $1.3 million federal grant, according to multiple health organizations that produced the report, “The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 11 Years Later.”

This is 22.8 percent of the $54.4 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last year, Colorado ranked 9th, spending $27.5 million.

The report was compiled by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Other report findings include:

  • Colorado will collect $301 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend less than 4 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs.
  • Tobacco companies spend $170.7 million a year on marketing in Colorado.
  • Eleven years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, states are collecting record amounts of revenue from the tobacco industry, while spending less of it on tobacco prevention.
  • This year, states will collect $25.1 billion from tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, while spending 2.3 percent of it – $567.5 million – on tobacco prevention programs.

To view the report, visit, www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements.

One Response to State spending less on tobacco cessation programs

  1. With the ever escalating costs of a carton of cigarettes due to tax increases (mine went from $18/carton to now $40/carton), I wonder where those dollars went? We shouldn’t be dropping, not with the steadily increasing taxed costs. What is the state doing with those monies collected specifically from tobacco sales?

    Gee…..if the tobacco companies spent even $50 million (!!!) less on advertising in Colorado, maybe the cost of a carton of cigarettes would drop. Nah….that would be way too simple.

    Even simpler would be that each governmental department would be rewarded for coming under budget and not take the month of December to spend everything left over that they requested previously just so they won’t be penalized next year.

    Whatever happened to rewarding good fiscal behavior…..or am I just being too naive to be believed?

    M.M.Mills
    December 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm