Arkansas Eighth in Funding Youth Anti-Smoking Programs

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas ranks eighth among the states in funding programs that aim to stop youth from smoking, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Cancer Society Action Network.  It found that Arkansas is spending $15.6 million this year on tobacco prevention programs, compared with the $17.9 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arkansas receives annual payments from tobacco companies under a 1998 court settlement, which funds the anti-smoking programs.

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