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Utah gets bonus money from tobacco settlement

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(KSL News) Utah is getting $42 million this week as part of its settlement with tobacco manufacturers.

It's an extra $14 million which represents the efforts by the Attorney General's Office to hold tobacco manufacturers accountable for the health care costs incurred by the state for smoking-related illnesses.

Tobacco manufacturers have been making lump sum payments to 46 states since 2000. The tobacco money Utah receives is used to fund a number of important programs, including the Children's Health Insurance Program, or "CHIP."

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