Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the state of Missouri falls short of what they would like to see spent on anti-tobacco efforts. They suggest the state spend about $33-Million a year, but Missouri originally budgeted about $23-Million. That amount was trimmed down to just about $3-Million because of the budget shortfall. Bert Malone with the State Health Department says Missouri’s not alone in using tobacco settlement money for just about anything but anti-tobacco efforts. Malone says the state is able to make some progress with the funds, especially at the local levels.
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