Iowa Receives $31 Million from Tobacco Industry Today
says total received since December is $71,173,654.58. He applauds creation
of comprehensive plan to reduce tobacco death and disease.
Perhaps even more important, I am elated that a significant portion of those funds will be dedicated to reducing the terrible toll of addiction, disease and death caused by tobacco. Since the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was finalized on Nov. 23, 1998, 571 days ago, almost 17,000 young Iowans have taken up smoking (1000 per month), according to CDC estimates, and about one-third of them will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease. Almost 7,000 Iowans have died of such disease over the last seventeen months. Now we are poised to start reducing that death toll and financial drain on families and taxpayers.
plan that is very close to final legislative approval holds strong promise
to help us turn the corner. Tobacco and nicotine are extraordinarily addictive,
but we do have means to counteract them, especially by focusing on vulnerable
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