Missouri has now passed the one-billion dollar mark in money resulting from the 1998 national tobacco settlement. But Attorney General Jay Nixon isn’t pleased with how the money from that settlement has been and is being spent. One of the main reasons for suing the tobacco companies, in the first place, had to do with the amount of money the states were spending treating people with smoking related illnesses. Additional money was to be spent on smoking cessation and prevention efforts. Nixon says a series of Governors and General Assemblys have targeted the money for just about everything but its intended purpose. Missouri’s share of settlement money, this year, amounts to more than 125-Million dollars. Nixon believes at least 25-Million to 30-Million dollars should be spent on tobacco prevention efforts aimed at young people.
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