Saint Louis University is going to keep track of whether the anti-smoking initiative launched by the Missouri Foundation for Health is working. The Foundation is investing about $40.5-Million during the next nine years to discourage tobacco use in the state. And, Nancy Mueller with Saint Louis University’s Center for Tobacco Policy Research, says evaluations of the Foundation’s initiatives will be made on a regular basis. One of the ideas being considered is a call to increase excise taxes on tobacco products. Mueller says a lot of experts believe a tax hike will lead to a decrease in tobacco use, but it will be good to put that belief to the test by backing it up with results. Mueller says the evaluations are appreciated because the Foundation has an interest in making sure the money is well spent.
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