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January 27, 2013

Anti-smoking program funds diverted


But Brian May, spokesman for Philip Morris USA, one of the nation’s oldest cigarette manufacturers, said the states — not the cigarette companies — are failing the nation’s youth by improperly spending money meant to educate them about smoking and smokeless tobacco products.

Since the tobacco settlement agreement was signed in 1998, May said, Philip Morris alone has paid out more than $59 billion to the 46 states that were part of the settlement.

The states have enough funds to spend $65 million every day on programs for underage tobacco use but only spend about $8 million daily, he noted.

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (www.necir-bu.org) is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University and supported in part by media outlets that include The Eagle-Tribune.

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