KCCU News
9:39 am
Wed January 22, 2003

Oklahoma Ranks 42nd in Funding Kids' Anti-Tobacco Ed

Washington, D.C. – In Oklahoma, smoking-caused health care costs the state and its taxpayers $908 million annually. And 24 percent of Sooner State high school students smoke. Each year 9,100 more children and teens become daily smokers and one-third of them will die prematurely due to smoking related illnesses.
The report released today called "Show Us the Money: An Update on the States' Allocation of the Tobacco Settlement Dollars," puts Oklahoma in 42nd place in funding programs to protect kids from tobacco.
The coalition includes the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Soceity, and American Lung Association.