Nebraska ranks 25th nationwide in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. Nebraska is spending $2.6 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is just 12.4 percent of the $20.8 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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The report challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use – the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death – and help make the next generation tobacco-free. In Nebraska, 13.3 percent of high school students still smoke, and 1,000 kids become regular smokers each year. Tobacco use claims 2,500 Nebraska lives and costs the state $795 million in health care bills annually.
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