Report: La. spends fraction on anti-smoking initiatives
BATON ROUGE- A new report finds Louisiana is doing a poor job of funding tobacco cessation and prevention programs.
According to a national report issued Tuesday by a coalition of public health organizations, found that tobacco companies spend $32 promoting use of their product for every $1 Louisiana spends to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit.
In addition, Louisiana is spending $7 million this year on anti-smoking prevention programs - 11.7 percent of the $59.6 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Louisiana ranks 28th in the country on its efforts to combat tobacco use.