Michigan Ranks Last in Anti-Smoking Funding for Kids

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

The "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids" along with the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association released a new study Thursday.

The report says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Michigan spend $54.8 million on smoking prevention programs. The Michigan Department of Community Health reports spending $4.8 million in 2004.

None of the money collected from legal settlement cases with tobacco companies goes towards prevention. Advocates say legislators support the proven-programs, but more must be done to allocate money. And money from settlements should be moved to these programs.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Public Health says evidence proves the recent hike on cigarette tax will prevent 94,000 kids from ever starting to smoke.

To see the complete report, visit www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements.

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