Kansas Anti-Tobacco Funding Lags Behind

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Public health groups say Kansas is among the states spending less than recommended on programs to stop people from smoking.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1e1sumG ) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend $32.1 million a year on tobacco prevention. A report released Monday by several anti-tobacco groups, including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, says Kansas spends about $947,000 a year on such programs, ranking Kansas 41st in the nation in per-capita spending.

The Kansas Department of Health and Education says outcomes are more important than spending. The KDHE points out that the high-school smoking rate in Kansas is 14 percent, which is below the national average of 18 percent and lower than that of neighboring states, including some that spend more per capita on tobacco prevention.

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