12/01/2011 - Bloomberg Businessweek
TALLAHASSEE - Florida ranks 13th nationally in anti-smoking funding, although the state uses just 3.7 percent of its tobacco settlement for that purpose.
Those are among the findings in a report released Wednesday by a coalition of public health organizations. It says Florida spends $62.3 million a year on preventing children from smoking and helping adults quit. That's only about 30 percent of the amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Florida, meanwhile, will collect $1.7 billion from its 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies are expected to spend $734 million on marketing in Florida -- 11 times what the state spends on prevention. Florida, though, has cut the high school smoking rate from 15.7 percent to 11.9 percent in the last six years.