Last updated December 05, 2012
|State Spending on Tobacco Prevention||$5.9 million||$5.9 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 New Mexico spend $23.4 million a year to have an effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention program. New Mexico currently allocates $5.9 million a year for tobacco prevention and cessation. This is 25.3% of the CDC’s recommendation and ranks New Mexico 16th among the states in the funding of tobacco prevention programs. New Mexico’s spending on tobacco prevention amounts to 4.3% of the estimated $138 million in tobacco-generated revenue the state collects each year from settlement payments and tobacco taxes.
Background and Recent Developments: New Mexico’s tobacco settlement funds are governed by a law passed in 2000 by the legislature and signed by Governor Gary E. Johnson (R) that placed 50 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement payments in a permanent trust fund. Under the law, the other half of settlement payments are placed into a program fund that can be spent on a variety of health-related programs appropriated through the state’s annual budget process.
State spending on tobacco prevention for FY2013 will be $5.9 million, the same as was spent in FY2012, but a 15 percent cut from what was spent in FY2011 and a more than 35 percent cut from what was spent in FY2010. This amount includes a $249,300 appropriation to the Department of Indian Affairs for commercial tobacco prevention and control programs serving Native Americans.
New Mexico is receiving more tobacco-generated revenue than ever before as a result of a 75 cent cigarette tax increase, to $1.66 a pack, which went into effect on July 1, 2010.
In addition, New Mexico is receiving $1.8 million in federal funds dedicated to tobacco prevention and control:
$1.1 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).
$657,922 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.