Tuesday, January 12, 2010

States dither while individuals take action

From the New Haven Independent on 12/30/09:

Two years ago Connecticut ranked dead last in the country in an important smoking-prevention barometer: It used the smallest percentage of money received from a multi-billion federal tobacco settlement for efforts to help people stop smoking and prevent others (mostly kids) from starting.

Since then the state has climbed into the middling ranks. It’s still spending only 1.5 percent of the tobacco funds that come in on prevention.

Enter Kenneth Driffin. He didn’t get any of that settlement money. He’s doing the work, anyway.

GCASA has worked on the tobacco issue for years. We also lost our funding even though we had an excellent program. GCASA continues to work on the issue even without Department Of Health funding.

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