KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A new study finds that Missouri and Kansas are spending only a fraction of their tobacco settlement proceeds on smoking cessation efforts, despite recommendations from federal health officials.
Missouri is the worst among states that spent any money on tobacco prevention programs, amounting to a fraction of a percent of the $72 million that the Centers for Disease Control recommended, The Kansas City Star reported .
A December report by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Heart Association shows that Missouri allocated $48,500 for tobacco prevention programs in its current fiscal year, even though it received $259 million in tobacco taxes from tobacco companies. The report estimates that the tobacco industry spends $364.9 million in marketing its products in Missouri each year.