National Report: Michigan Ranks 42nd in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michigan ranks 42nd in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.
Michigan currently spends $1.8 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 1.5 percent of the $121.2 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other key findings for Michigan include:
-- Michigan this year will collect $1.2 billion in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 0.1 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs. This means Michigan is spending less than a penny of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use. -- The tobacco companies spend $253.6 million a year to market their products in Michigan. This is 139 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.
The annual report on states' funding of tobacco prevention programs, titled "Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 14 Years Later," was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
To further reduce tobacco use, health advocates are urging Michigan leaders to significantly raise the cigarette tax and increase funding for tobacco prevention.
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