A latest report discloses that a majority of state governments in the US use very little amount of money they collect on a yearly basis from legal litigations with cigarette manufacturers or tobacco taxes to fund programs that can help people trigger off smoking cessation.
The American Lung Association reports that in the 2013 financial year, the American states spent just $462.5 million on quit smoking as well as smoking prevention programs that are aimed at helping smokers stop smoking. According to the Association, the amount used by the US states is just 10 percent of the spending levels suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to a specific report "State of Tobacco Control 2013" by the American Lung Association, some of the US states collect $25 billion per year, from payments delivered under a 1998 consensus with tobacco manufacturers and state taxes levied on tobacco-based products.
News sources reveal that Alaska and North Dakota are the only two US states that invest close to the sum recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Erika Sward, the assistant vice president of American Lung Association, discloses that some of the US states use up most of the money in their common budgets.
Paul Billings, the senior vice president of American Lung Association states that the central and state policymakers should begin implanting policies and funding programs that are effective are lowering the use of tobacco products.
Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/, Date: 16th January 2013