ND is one of the 2 states funding tobacco prevention programs at the recommended level
The American Heart association and the Campaign for Tobacco free kids point to the huge reduction in state spending on prevention programs. Only two states: North Dakota and Alaska currently fund tobacco prevention programs at C-D-C recommended levels.
This year, states will collect 25 billion dollars from tobacco settlements and taxes, but spend just 2 percent on prevention programs.
"We have findings that show investing in tobacco cessation programs make a tremendous difference in reducing the use of tobacco. What we need is our state leaders to invest these dollars in programs that can reduce the state of smoking in this country."
Three states: Nevada, New Hampshire and Ohio, don't spend any state funds on tobacco prevention programs.