Anti-smoking groups accuse state of misusing tobacco-tax billions

Sep 21, 2011 Full story:

New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes over the last six years -- but spent just 4 percent of that on efforts to stop smoking, the American Cancer Society charged in a report released yesterday.

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Since: Jul 10

Ingleside, IL.

#1 Sep 21, 2011
i don't remember if Illinois was part of that big tobacco lawsuit. anyone know?

Round Lake, IL

#2 Sep 21, 2011
I think so, and of course the money did not go for smoking cessation, nor do the enormous taxes. I quit smoking last year, and I wish every smoker would quit so that the parasites who tax cigarettes every time they have a budget shortfall would suddenly have huge (or more huge) holes in their budgets all over the country. Serve them right. I suppose then they would go after the fatties, and start taxing twinkies 5 bucks each. Gotta love America.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#3 Sep 21, 2011
csa37th wrote:
i don't remember if Illinois was part of that big tobacco lawsuit. anyone know?
Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Minnesota are the four states not included in the Master Settlement Agreement. Those four had made their own prior agreements with the tobacco industry.

Wikkipedia has some useful depth on this, as a place to start looking.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#4 Sep 21, 2011
It is strange how different the same facts become when, instead of simply explaining what the report shows, someone spins it off as an accusation being made and pumps it up from there.

I believe that every state involved in the settlement is completely ignoring the CDC recommendation for a minimum use of the funds to reduce the ongoing cost of dealing with tobacco-related health cost. This report apparently finds NY to be ahead of the curve in reduction of smoking. Could have something to do with the stringent protections put in place for nonsmokers in NYC.

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