Is Tobacco Settlement Money Going Up In Smoke

Is Tobacco Settlement Money Going Up in​ Smoke?
Tobacco companies spend more on​ marketing in​ a​ single day than 47 states and​ the​ District of​ Columbia spend on​ tobacco prevention in​ an​ entire year,​ one report finds.
The growing gap between the​ amounts spent by states on​ smoking prevention programs compared to​ the​ record sums tobacco companies are spending to​ market their products is​ affecting progress in​ reducing youth smoking,​ according to​ a​ coalition of​ public health organizations.
An annual report titled a​ Broken Promise to​ Our Children the​ 1998 State Tobacco Settlement Seven Years Later was released by the​ Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids,​ American Heart Association,​ American Cancer Society and​ American Lung Association.
The multistate tobacco settlement,​ signed by 46 states and​ the​ major tobacco companies in​ 1998,​ calls for an​ estimated $246 billion to​ be paid out to​ the​ states over the​ first 25 years for tobacco prevention purposes.
While the​ states prevention efforts cant keep pace with the​ tobacco industrys marketing,​ some private companies may be able to​ pick up the​ slack .​

Some of​ the​ tobacco settlement money might be better spent on​ products that directly benefit smokers who are trying to​ give up the​ habit,​ said John Chapel,​ president of​ Safer Smokes,​ a​ company that produces a​ tobaccofree smoke called Bravo .​

The product has all of​ the​ characteristics of​ a​ regular cigarette with three key differences no nicotine,​ no tobacco and​ few known carcinogens derived from cigarettes.
In fact,​ Bravo is​ not required by the​ Food and​ ​Drug​ Administration to​ carry the​ Surgeon Generals warning on​ its packs .​

This clinically tested product encourages smokers to​ quit the​ habit gradually because it​ gives them the​ experience of​ smoking a​ cigarette without addictive nicotine.
One of​ the​ greatest influences in​ starting and​ continuing to​ smoke cigarettes is​ the​ observation of​ friends and​ family smoking.
If we​ can get the​ parents and​ friends to​ use Bravo to​ quit gradually,​ we​ will make a​ difference in​ the​ years to​ come in​ reducing our overall smoking population,​ says Dr .​

Puzant Torigian,​ founder of​ Safer Smokes.

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