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NH Falls Far Behind in Funding Smoking Prevention

The Granite State is near rock-bottom in a new report that ranks the state 48th for the amount of funds it allocates to tobacco prevention programs. (Paolo Neo/Wikimedia)
The Granite State is near rock-bottom in a new report that ranks the state 48th for the amount of funds it allocates to tobacco prevention programs. (Paolo Neo/Wikimedia)
December 15, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. -- A new report says New Hampshire will bring in more than $250 million dollars this year from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but the state spends only a fraction of that money on funding for tobacco prevention programs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New Hampshire spend more than $16 million a year on smoking prevention. But the state is falling far short of that recommendation, said Lance Boucher, Director of public policy in New Hampshire and Maine at the American Lung Association,

"In New Hampshire for several years now, we have fallen significantly below the CDC recommended level of $16.5 million for a well-funded tobacco program, with the state only allotting $125,000,” Boucher said.

According to the report, New Hampshire ranks 48th out of the 50 states when it comes to the amount of funding allocated to tobacco prevention.

John Schachter, director of state communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said it is routine for state lawmakers across the nation to take money from the tobacco settlement fund and use it for other purposes.

"Overall this year, the states will collect over $26 billion from the state Tobacco Settlement and tobacco taxes,” Schachter said. “But they're currently only spending $492 million - that's less than two percent - to fight tobacco use."

The tobacco industry spends more than $81 million dollars each year to market its products in New Hampshire alone, the report said. And the annual health costs directly related to smoking in the state total more than $700 million.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH