NY scores “average” for smoking cessation efforts

12.26.13 | Bob Price

A national anti-smoking group ranks New York 21st in the nation in funding for smoking cessation programs. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids includes New York among that states that it says broke promises to use all or most of the money from the historic tobacco settlement 15 years ago to combat smoking. The group reports that New York is spending about $40 million a year on tobacco prevention. That’s about 16 percent of the $254 million in yearly funding recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.