New Jersey Tobacco Funds Up in Smoke

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New American Cancer Society Report Finds Not Even a Full Penny of Every Dollar New Jersey Raises from Tobacco Goes to Help Smokers Quit


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Trenton, NJ (September 21, 2011) - Promises from leaders that monies from cigarette taxes and the tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement would go to help New Jersey smokers quit have gone up in smoke.

It's a key finding of a new report released today by a coalition of health groups and documents that the state spends less than a full penny of $1 it raises from tobacco taxes on anti-smoking programs. New Jersey has the sixth highest cigarette tax in the nation at $2.70 per pack.

Up in Smoke analyzes the adequacy of New Jersey’s anti-smoking efforts, given the minimal funding for tobacco control programs in light of the significant resources available. The report finds that although New Jersey has raised $5 billion over the past five years, yet less than one percent has been spent on anti-smoking programs. During the current fiscal year, New Jersey will spend almost nothing on tobacco control, providing only one percent of the amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Money the state earns from tobacco includes taxes and annual payments from the Master Settlement Agreement.

The toll tobacco takes on New Jersey is devastating. More than 11,000 New Jerseyans will die this year of smoking-related diseases and more than $3.17 billion is spent on health care costs each year to treat smoking caused illnesses. Lost wages and productivity due to tobacco use total $2.60 billion a year in the Garden State. The adult smoking rate is 15.8 percent and the teen smoking rate is 17 percent

Additional Resources
Full Report: Up In Smoke (New Jersey Edition) [PDF 1.4MB]
Statement: Billions in Revenue from Tobacco, Little to Help Smokers Quit and Keep Kids from Smoking
American Cancer Society guide to tobacco and cancer


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