Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Teenage Smoking can be Reduced wtih Anti-Smoking Programs

Programs to reduce teenage smoking can be successful. A recent report for the Health and Wellness Trust Fund showed the percentage of middle-school students who smoke dropped from 5.8% in 2005 to 4.5% in 2007 in North Carolina. Their Trust Fund's budget for anti-smoking programs is $17.1 million. This contrasts very sharply and very disappointingly with its neighbor, South Carolina (SC). For 2009, SC has budgeted NO money from its payments from the 1998 national settlement with tobacco companies. SC has budgeted $1 million on anti-smoking programs, but the source of these funds is the federal government.

More resources to help people stop smoking can be found at Smoke Free Homes. Note, the programs are free.

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