Last updated December 05, 2012
|State Spending on Tobacco Prevention||$5.3 million||$5.3 million|
|% of CDC Recommended Spending
Tobacco Generated Revenue (FY2103)
CDC Recommended Spending on Tobacco Prevention
Actual Spending on Tobacco Prevention (FY2103)
Summary: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that Wisconsin spend $64.3 million a year to have an effective, comprehensive tobacco prevention program. Wisconsin currently allocates $5.3 million a year for tobacco prevention and cessation. This is 8.2% of the CDC’s recommendation and ranks Wisconsin 30th among the states in the funding of tobacco prevention programs. Wisconsin’s spending on tobacco prevention amounts to 0.7% of the estimated $718 million in tobacco-generated revenue the state collects each year from settlement payments and tobacco taxes.
Background and Recent Developments: In FY2010, Wisconsin cut its funding for tobacco prevention by more than 50 percent, from $15.25 million in FY2009 to $6.85 million in FY2010. The FY2013 budget maintains funding allocated for the state’s tobacco prevention and cessation program at $5.3 million, the same amount allocated in FY2012.
Wisconsin is spending minimal amounts on tobacco prevention despite the fact that the state is receiving more tobacco-generated revenue than ever before as a result of a 75 cent cigarette tax increase, to $2.52 a pack, and increases in the taxes on other tobacco products, including a switch from the weight-based tax on moist snuff to a percentage-of-price tax of 100 percent of the wholesale price, which went into effect on July 1, 2009.
In addition, Wisconsin is receiving $2.1 million in federal funds dedicated to tobacco prevention and control:
$1.2 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).
$433,996 from the Prevention and Public Health Fund in the new health care reform law for the period beginning August 1, 2012.
$439,304 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.