Anti-tobacco forces are burning mad over the latest move by budget-strapped Connecticut. When the state reached a deal in 1998 with the tobacco companies over its misleading advertisements and claims, the money received was supposed to be earmarked for tobacco prevention programs. This year, Connecticut is slated to receive $519.7 million in settlement money but none of it will go toward prevention programs.
“Connecticut is putting children’s health at risk and costing taxpayers money by failing to fund tobacco prevention programs that save lives and health care dollars,” Matthew L. Myers stated in a release. Myers is President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The website CT News Junkie reports that only Connecticut and New Jersey haven’t put state funds into tobacco cessation programs this year.