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(KSL News) Utah has one of the lowest smoking rates in the country. However, the state is being criticized for its subpar funding of anti-tobacco programs.
"Tobacco-Free Kids" ranks Utah 24th in funding tobacco prevention. The group says Utah spends just over $7 million a year on that, less than half of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) minimum recommendation.
"Utah, like every other state, is getting millions and millions of dollars from the settlement and its tobacco tax dollars. It would take just a small portion of those dollars to do what the CDC recommends, and what the science tells us will work, to reduce smoking among both youth and adults," explained Danny McGoldrick, of Tobacco-Free Kids.
That money comes annually from the state tobacco settlement.