Missouri, Illinois Lags in Tobacco Prevention Programs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri and Illinois are in the bottom half of states when it comes to funding tobacco prevention programs.

According to Cathy Callaway with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network Missouri ranks 45 out of 50 and Illinois ranks 33 out of 50.

Much of that is due to the fact that states spends far less on prevention programs than the Centers for Disease Control recommend.

“Missouri is spending $60,000 on tobacco prevention programs while the CDC recommended they spend 73.2 million,” said Callaway.

Meanwhile, Illinois spent 9.5 million last year. But that’s still six percent of what the CDC’s recommends.

Callaway says Missouri voters will have the opportunity to change that statistic.

Voters will be asked next November to raise the cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents in the state of Missouri. Callaway says 20 percent of that revenue will go to tobacco prevention efforts.

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