Last updated December 03, 2012
|State Spending on Tobacco Prevention||$15.2 million||$18 million|
|% of CDC Recommended Spending
Tobacco Generated Revenue (FY2013)
CDC Recommended Spending on Tobacco Prevention
Actual Spending on Tobacco Prevention (FY2013)
Summary: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that Arizona spend $68.1 million a year to have an effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention program. Arizona currently allocates $15.2 million a year for tobacco prevention and cessation. This is 22.3% of the CDC’s recommendation and ranks Arizona 18th among the states in the funding of tobacco prevention programs. Arizona’s spending on tobacco prevention amounts to 3.5% of the estimated $434 million in tobacco-generated revenue the state collects each year from settlement payments and tobacco taxes.
Background and Recent Developments: In 1994, 2002 and 2006, Arizona voters approved ballot initiatives to increase the state tobacco tax rates and have a portion of the revenue fund a comprehensive Tobacco Education and Prevention Program (TEPP). No settlement funds are used for tobacco prevention.
State spending on tobacco prevention and cessation for FY2013 will be $15.2 million, the lowest funding level since FY2007 and a 15 percent decrease from the FY2012 funding level.
In addition, Arizona is receiving $2.2 million in federal funds dedicated to tobacco prevention and control:
$1.3 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a 12-month grant for the period beginning April 2012 (from annual appropriations).
$337,152 from the Prevention and Public Health Fund in the new health care reform law for the period beginning August 1, 2012.
$594,227 from the Food and Drug Administration for enforcement of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, including the provision regarding tobacco sales to minors.