Tobacco Prevention Program Funding

The American Lung Association strongly supports funding state tobacco prevention programs at levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Investing in these programs over the long term will prevent thousands of illnesses and deaths from tobacco use, and save billions of dollars in medical expenses.

However, only two states – Alaska and North Dakota – are funding their state tobacco control programs at the levels recommended by CDC in fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 for most states). These vital programs have faced significant cuts over the past few years despite states collecting $25.7 billion from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes total in fiscal year 2013.