ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri ranks second to last when it comes to funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and helping smokers quit.

Missouri is spending just $48,500 this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is less than one-tenth of one percent of what’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The state will collect more than $260 million in revenue this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend little of the money on tobacco prevention programs.The report was released by a group of organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society & American Lung Association.

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