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More spending urged for anti-smoking efforts in PA

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 18, 2016 8:49 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new report says Pennsylvania needs to do more to keep kids away from cigarettes. 

The report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids ranks Pennsylvania 29th nationally in funding of programs that prevent kids from smoking or help smokers kick the habit.

Spokesman John Schachter says in short, Pennsylvania needs to spend more.

"We look at what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that each state spend.  They have a specific target for each state for what they should spend to fully fund these programs,  and Pennsylvania is only spending 9.9 percent of what the CDC recommends," Schachter said.

The CDC says Pennsylvania should be spending 140 million dollars a year.

One bright spot in the report is the one dollar-a-pack increase in the state's cigarette tax. 

 

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