States Slash Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Budgets

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. States collect billions of dollars in tobacco revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes—with less than two cents of every dollar going to fight tobacco use.

    • December 1, 2011
  • A new report, funded by RWJF, and Q&A on examine states' allocation of tobacco settlement dollars.
  • An RWJF two-page brief explores prevention strategies to stop young people from smoking, help smokers quit and protect against secondhand smoke.
  • Fast Fact: Counting both state funds and federal grants, only Alaska and North Dakota currently fund tobacco prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels. Read more Fast Facts.