Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 Years Later

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 15, 2011

Kaiser – Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 Years Later – A Report on the States’ Allocation of the Tobacco Settlement Dollars

  • “Since the states settled their lawsuits against the tobacco companies in November 1998, our organizations have issued annual reports assessing whether the states are keeping their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds – expected to total $246 billion over the first 25 years – to attack the enormous public health problems posed by tobacco use in the United States. In addition to the billions of dollars they receive each year from the tobacco settlement, the states collect billions more in tobacco taxes. In the current budget year, Fiscal Year 2012, the states will collect a total of $25.6 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, near record levels…The states’ failure to use more of their tobacco money to fight the tobacco problem is especially troubling in light of recent national surveys indicating that smoking declines in the United States have slowed. The nation’s progress in the battle against tobacco use – the number one cause of preventable death – is at risk unless states increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Given the deep cutbacks in state programs, it is more critical than ever that the federal government also fund and implement a robust, national tobacco prevention and cessation campaign.”
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