CDC: States Fall Short In Helping Citizens Quit Smoking


Most smokers say they'd like to quit, so should state governments be doing more to help them?

The Centers for Disease Control says 70 percent of smokers report they'd like to quit.

States rake in billions of dollars from tobacco taxes and tobacco industry legal settlements. That's money allocated for anti-tobacco taxes and tobacco industry legal settlements, but the CDC says that last year states only used 2 percent of it for programs, a 36 percent decline. The decline in funding comes as states scramble to trim their budgets.

The CDC recommends 15 percent of the money from legal settlements go towards helping people quit smoking and using tobacco products.

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