Report: W.Va. Tobacco Control Spending Inadequate

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says West Virginia is spending only a fraction of its tobacco revenue on efforts to help smokers quit and prevent kids from smoking.

The report released Monday by a coalition of public health groups ranks West Virginia 20th in the nation in tobacco control and prevention funding.

According to the report, West Virginia will receive about $165 million from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes this year. But only 3.2 percent of this revenue will go to prevention and cessation programs.

The report 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.

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