Alabama ranks low for protecting children from tobacco
Fifteen years after all states reached a settlement with the tobacco industry to recover tobacco-related health care costs, and Alabama ranks among the bottom in its financial efforts to curb smoking.
A report called "Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 years later" was released earlier this month to show the latest tobacco-related revenues and the amount of money states have since spent on preventing and reducing smoking.
Alabama is expected to receive $223 million from the settlement this year, but the report says the state will spend $275,000 on tobacco prevention efforts for fiscal year 2014, or less than 1 percent of the spending recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that Alabama spend $56.7 million on tobacco prevention.