Monday: NY's Cancer Fight Mostly Smoke, Say Groups

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Story Updated: Sep 19, 2011

 A report from cancer fighting groups says New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes over the last six years, but spent just 4 percent of it on programs to stop smoking.

The report by the American Cancer Society calls that inadequate, given promises by elected officials to help smokers quit and to help keep young people from starting.

The report also says New York spends just 16 percent of the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco control programs.

Still, the report cites national statistics that show teenage and adult tobacco use is falling faster in New York than the national average despite budget cuts for cessation programs in
recent years.

The report was scheduled to be released Monday.

- reported by The Associated Press     
 

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