States called on to restore anti-smoking funds

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2/25/2012 12:29:25 PM - AP News
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and other states are slashing spending for anti-smoking programs as they wrestle with budget woes. Yet they acknowledge that the programs reduce the rate of smoking and save money on health care.A U.S. Surgeon General's report due to be released March 8 will come down hard on states that have cut anti-smoking funds in hard fiscal times.States are also diverting money from a multibillion-dollar federal settlement with tobacco companies and pouring revenue from cigarette tax hikes back into general funds.