2014-11-09 – Mr. Butts rebukes the states on spending too little on anti-smoking efforts!

Yes, folks, Mr. Butts, aka “Big Tobacco,” is rebuking the U.S. states for spending so little of the estimated whopping $256 billion tobacco settlement money they’re due to receive over 25 years on anti-smoking efforts. Cartoonist Gary Trudeau illustrates it thusly:

Doonesbury cartoon db141109 2014-11-10

Doonesbury cartoon db141109 2014-11-09 by Gary Trudeau

That’s certainly true in Missouri, where in most years virtually NONE of the tobacco settlement money has been spent on such efforts, despite Missouri having received tens of millions of dollars. I recall Republican Matt Blunt, when he was Missouri Governor, did propose a trifling $1 million effort one year, which was rejected by the legislature. (That was better than his Democratic counterpart, incidentally.)

The national group, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, tracks these expenditures and the latest data for Missouri for FY2014 includes the following:

MO 2014 tobacco settlement spending on tobacco control

MO 2014 tobacco settlement spending on tobacco prevention
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According to this graphic, Missouri received more than $183 million from the settlement in 2014. The CDC recommended that nearly $74 million of that should be spent on tobacco prevention. Missouri actually spent a paltry $76,364, or 0.1% of the recommended amount.

Only 99.9% to go!

One response to “2014-11-09 – Mr. Butts rebukes the states on spending too little on anti-smoking efforts!

  1. Of course the MSA was obtained under false pretenses. It was based on the lie that smokers cost society more money. Of course the MSA is passed on to the smoker as a hidden tax, What MOGASP suggests is that the smokers should fund the lobbying groups fighting against them. Or that the government itself should fund lobbying efforts against a group of people.

    http://veritasvincitprolibertate.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/stanton-glantz-vs-the-tea-party/

    Marshall P Keith

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