Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:40
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota is ranked second in the
nation and South Dakota eighth in the funding of programs to
prevent youths from smoking and to help smokers quit.
The annual rankings were released Wednesday by a coalition of
public health groups including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
and the American Cancer Society. The report says North Dakota
spends $9.3 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation
programs, and South Dakota spends $4 million.
States overall will collect $25.6 billion in tobacco taxes and
legal settlements from the tobacco industry this year but will
spend less than 2 percent of it on programs to prevent or stop
tobacco use. The report says North Dakota will spend about 14
percent of its tobacco money for those purposes, and South Dakota
will spend about 5 percent.
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