Study: Missouri ranks 46th in smoking cessation funding

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 8:18 a.m. CST; updated 11:10 a.m. CST, Friday, December 7, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A report produced by health groups concludes that Missouri ranks 46th in funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs.

The report states that Missouri currently spends 0.1 percent of what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends on efforts to prevent children from starting and helping smokers stop.

The study 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.

Missouri voters last month rejected an initiative to increase tobacco taxes. It called for using the additional revenue for education and smoking prevention and cessation efforts.

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Michael Williams December 7, 2012 | 4:26 p.m.

"It called for using the additional revenue for education and smoking prevention and cessation efforts."

Yeah, but too many of us remembered (1) how the past tobacco settlement money slated for cessation was diverted to other things, and (2) how casino money slated for education was mainly a dollar-for-dollar shell game with the current general funding for education.

INO, we were deceived and lied to...more than once.

And, I think it was tried again.

No wonder we're only at 0.1%!


Once bit, twice shy.

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