Nevada comes up short on tobacco prevention
Any lawmaker with an earnest desire to curb health care spending in Nevada would do well to read a recently released report from a coalition led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later” (www.tobaccofreekids.org) finds that 15 years after the master settlement agreement with the tobacco industry, Nevada continues to shortchange cost-effective, life-saving tobacco prevention programs.
Tobacco use remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death in Nevada, killing nearly 4,000 Nevadans each year, and is responsible for $2.6 billion in annual health-care costs, lost income and diminished workplace productivity in our state. The state and federal tax burden from smoking-related government expenditures is an estimated $532 per household.