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February 28, 2001

Smoke and Mirrors

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JAMA. 2001;285(8):1008. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.1008-JQU10001-2-1

The promise of using money from tobacco settlement funds to prevent future smoking has been mostly unfulfilled, according to a report issued last month.

The report, Show Us the Money: An Update on the States' Allocation of the Tobacco Settlement Dollars (http://tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements), sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Lung Association, found that only six states—Arizona, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Mississippi—are funding tobacco prevention programs at minimum levels recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC guidelines call for using 20% to 25% of each state's allocation of the $246 billion settlement fund for tobacco prevention programs.