States have spent less on tobacco prevention over the past two years than in any period since a settlement in 1998, despite high revenues from the settlement and taxes, according to a new report.
TMA Says: Invest in Tobacco Prevention
In 2012, total revenue to Texas from tobacco taxes and fees and tobacco settlement funds is expected to be $1.9 billion. But Texas will spend less on tobacco prevention in 2012 than most other states, ranking 39th in the nation for tobacco prevention expenditures. CDC recommends that Texas spend $266 million on tobacco prevention to have an effective and comprehensive tobacco prevention program. In 2012, Texas will spend a paltry $6 million in state funds on tobacco prevention.