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