Attorney General Jay Nixon is urging the Legislature to make sure additional money coming to the state from tobacco companies be used to fight teen smoking. Nixon says the state will begin getting $7-Million in extra tobacco money each year as smaller tobacco companies join the 1998 master agreement. Nixon says that new money should be used to fight teen smoking. The Legislature hasn’t approved much targetted spending from tobacco money. A small percentage has been set aside for life sciences programs, but other than that, the Legislature has used tobacco money to ease budget pressure the past few years.
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