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State Tobacco Control Program Spending — United States, 2011.

Thursday, July 9, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Jidong Huang, Kimp Walton, Robert B. Gerzoff, Brian A. King, Frank J. Chaloupka
State Tobacco Control Program Spending — United States, 2011.
MMWR / June 26, 2015 / Vol. 64 / No. 24

Evidence-based, statewide tobacco control programs that are comprehensive, sustained, and accountable reduce smoking rates and tobacco-related diseases and deaths. States that made larger investments in tobacco prevention and control saw larger declines in cigarettes sales than the United States as a whole. The prevalence of smoking has declined faster as spending for tobacco control programs has increased. In fiscal year 2011, for tobacco prevention and control activities, all 50 states and the District of Columbia combined spent $658 million ($2.11 per capita) in the following categories: 41.4% on state and community interventions ($272 million [$0.87 per capita]); 18.8% on health communication interventions ($124 million [$0.40 per capita]); 20.4% on cessation interventions ($134 million [$0.43 per capita]); 9.3% on surveillance and evaluation ($61 million [$0.20 per capita]); and 10.1% on surveillance and evaluation ($67 million [$0.21 per capita]). The total spent was 17.8% of CDC’s recommended amount.

State investments in tobacco prevention and control programs in fiscal year 2011 were considerably less than levels recommended in CDC’s Best Practices. Full implementation of comprehensive tobacco control policies and evidence-based interventions at CDC-recommended funding levels could result in a substantial reduction in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality and billions of dollars in savings from averted medical costs and lost productivity in the United States.


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