Study: Alabama 47th in spending to stop smoking

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new national report ranks Alabama 47th in funding programs to stop young people from smoking and getting adults to stop.

The study from a coalition of health organizations said Alabama spends $2.1 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

The president for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Matthew Myers, said Wednesday that Alabama is one of the most disappointing states when it comes to funding to keep children from smoking. The coalition says nearly 27 percent of high school students in Alabama smoke.

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