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‘Broken Promise’ report shows states spend too little of settlement money on smoking prevention

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and others have issued a 20th annual report, Broken Promises to our Children, which details how states are spending revenues from both tobacco taxes and tobacco company payments made as part of a 1998 settlement agreement. This report is issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American...

Kentucky receives $93 million in tobacco settlement money, funds boost agriculture, health outcomes

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky received $93,415,537 million in tobacco settlement money this week. “For nearly 20 years the landmark Master Settlement Agreement has made a positive impact on the Commonwealth, supporting early childhood education, health programs, cancer research, and helping to aid our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “Since...

Early childhood development programs continue to benefit from Kentucky tobacco settlement

A child care center is the last place someone may expect to see improvements funded by a lawsuit against tobacco companies, unless the child care center is in Kentucky—the nation’s second largest tobacco producer. Sixteen years ago the Commonwealth earmarked 25 percent of its more than $3 billion share of a health-related national tobacco settlement for early childhood development. Today, the state...

State receives more than $90 million in tobacco settlement money, most for health programs

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that Kentucky received more than $90 million in tobacco settlement money. “The Master Settlement Agreement funds have a positive impact on the Commonwealth, funding early childhood education, health programs and cancer research, and are helping to support our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “I am proud these...