St LOUIS (KMOX)– A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows how much or rather how little money Missouri and Illinois spend on their tobacco control programs.
Studies show that since 1998 Missouri has invested a little less than $40 million in tobacco control programs even though the bureau took in nearly $3 billion from the tobacco settlement over that same time period.
Illinois, meanwhile, has spent $174 million of its allocated 11 billion dollars.
However Missouri’s Tobacco quitline is booming these days,ever since those graphic TV ads starting airing. Weekly calls have tripled since the ad campaign began with a little more than 100 a week in early March to the now recorded number at over 300 a week.