Last updated December 04, 2012
|State Spending on Tobacco Prevention||$4.2 million||$4.2 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 Massachusetts spend $90.0 million a year to have an effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention program. Massachusetts currently allocates $4.2 million a year for tobacco prevention and cessation. This is 4.6% of the CDC’s recommendation and ranks Massachusetts 36th among the states in the funding of tobacco prevention programs. Massachusetts’s spending on tobacco prevention amounts to 0.5% of the estimated $821 million in tobacco-generated revenue the state collects each year from settlement payments and tobacco taxes.
Background and Recent Developments: Massachusetts launched its program in 1993 with funding from a voter-approved cigarette tax of 25 cents a pack. In December 1999, the legislature voted to supplement the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP) cigarette tax funding with tobacco settlement money. By 2002-2003, fiscal emergencies and other factors led to funding cuts that nearly eliminated the program. Since then, the legislature has increased funding, most notably in FY2008, when funding was increased from $8.25 million to $12.75 million. However, in FY2010, funding for the program was cut to $4.5 million. For FY 2013, Governor Patrick proposed $5.9 million be appropriated to the program, however the budget enacted by the legislature appropriated $4.2 million in tobacco control program funding, the same as FY2012. In total, the MTCP has been cut by more than 65 percent since FY2008.
In addition, Massachusetts is receiving $2.6 million in federal funds dedicated to tobacco prevention and control:
$1.6 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).
$378,699 from the Prevention and Public Health Fund in the new health care reform law for the period beginning August 1, 2012.
$658,300 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.