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Alaska has top programs for helping smokers quit

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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 11:53 pm

FAIRBANKS — Alaska has again been ranked first in the nation for funding programs to prevent children from smoking and helping smokers quit, according to a national report released last week by several health organizations.

It is the third consecutive year Alaska has been at the top of the list.

Alaska spends $10.9 million per year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which meets the funding level recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the report released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

The report also found that Alaska this year will collect $103 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes and will spend 10.5 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs.

It also found that tobacco companies spend $17 million per year to market their products in Alaska, according to a news release about the report.

The annual report on states’ funding of tobacco prevention programs is titled “Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 14 Years Later.”

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