Arkansas Sixth in Funding Programs to Protect Kids from Tobacco

DECEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas has dropped one spot to sixth placein a national ranking of states by how much they spend on tobaccoprevention programs. The annual report issued yesterday, ``A BrokenPromise to Our Children,'' was compiled by the Campaign forTobacco-Free Kids, the American Heart Association, the AmericanCancer Society and the American Lung Association.

The report says Arkansas spent $15.1 million on tobacco-prevention programs in 2006, down from $17.5 million dollars in 2005. That figure put the state in sixth place behind Maine, Delaware, Colorado, Arizona and New York.

The report says the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that states spend at least $17.9 million dollars every year.

In Arkansas, 25.9 percent of high school students smoke and 4,000 more juveniles become regular smokers every year.

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