Navigation Links
New Poll Shows Virginia Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Funding for Tobacco Prevention

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new statewide survey released today shows that Virginia voters overwhelmingly support using tobacco settlement and tobacco tax revenue for programs to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit.

The poll of 500 Virginia voters was released today by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The groups reiterated the need to sustain and increase funding for the state's program to reduce tobacco use in Virginia.

Eight out of 10 (80 percent) Virginia voters believe funding for the state's tobacco prevention program should be more than or equal to the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just 16 percent feel that funding for Virginia's tobacco prevention program should be below the CDC recommendation. Support for tobacco prevention comes from a broad base of Virginians.

"We can spend a little now or a lot later," said Delegate John O'Bannon (R - Henrico). "Tobacco prevention is one of the smartest and most fiscally responsible investments we can make, even in difficult budget times. If we continue to invest in tobacco prevention now, we will not only reduce smoking and save lives, but also save far more money than we spend by reducing smoking-caused health care costs."

Support for tobacco prevention funding is not surprising, given that 72 percent of Virginians said that the state should spend at least one-half of the funds it receives from the tobacco settlement and tobacco tax on programs to reduce tobacco use. Virginia collects about $300 million a year in revenue from the tobacco settlement and state tobacco taxes. It takes about one-third of this tobacco revenue to fund tobacco prevention at the level recommended by the CDC ($103 million dollars per year).

"It is only right to use funds derived from the harms of tobacco to adequately support programs that we know work to protect our kids from tobacco. The state collects $300 million per year in tobacco tax and tobacco settlement money -- surely a substantial part of this should be used to reduce tobacco-caused disease and death," said Senator Ralph Northam (D - Norfolk).

For ten years beginning in 2008, Virginia will receive more than $7 million per year in additional tobacco settlement payments on top of what the state already receives. By more than a two-to-one margin (65 percent to 29 percent) voters favor using all of these additional tobacco settlement payments to fund tobacco prevention programs.

Even after poll respondents were reminded of the state's budget problems, more than two-thirds (68 percent) agreed with the need to use one-third of Virginia's tobacco settlement and tobacco tax revenues to fund tobacco prevention at the CDC recommended level.

"This poll shows us that the vast majority of Virginians support keeping the promise of the tobacco settlement by funding tobacco programs that prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit," said Keenan Caldwell, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society. "If Virginia fails to keep this promise, the consequences will be dire -- more kids will start to smoke, more lives will be lost and taxpayers will foot the bill for higher tobacco-caused health care costs."

Despite progress made in reducing smoking, tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death in Virginia, claiming at least 10,200 lives each year and costing the state more than $2.08 billion annually in health care bills, including $401 million in Medicaid payments alone. Smoking-caused government expenditures amount to a hidden tax of $576 per Virginia household. Currently, 21 percent of Virginia high school students smoke, and 10,800 additional kids become regular smokers every year.

For more information on the poll results, please visit

The Mellman Group conducted a survey of 500 registered voters in Virginia, who were interviewed by telephone January 22-24, 2008. The margin of error for this survey is +/-4.4 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence. The margin of error is higher for subgroups.

SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Rhode Island Hospital study shows inadequate diagnostic criteria for eating disorders
2. Less Invasive Way to Stage Lung Cancer Shows Promise
3. National survey shows minority children experience multiple disparities in health care
4. Hand-held computers prod older adults to exercise more, Stanford study shows
5. Novel small molecule therapy shows benefit for anemic patients via hydration of red blood cells
6. Research shows a daily does of beetroot juice can beat high blood pressure
7. Cuts to HHS Could Leave Americans Health in Critical Condition, TFAH Says; New Poll Shows Americans Believe Disease Prevention is Key to Reducing Healthcare Costs
8. New Study Shows Isolaz Can Reduce Acne Up to 90 Percent
9. Examination by National Expert Shows Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigans Social Mission Contributions Totaled at Least $391 Million in 2007
10. Pancreatic cancer: The smaller the tumor, the better your chances, study shows
11. Video: New Survey Shows Young Women Turn to Traditional Values in Life, Relationships and Health
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... 7® Hemp CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD ... dose required and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... provider of DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by ... (EATS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, ... the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA ... the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Maryland (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... magnetic drug delivery system that we intend to develop to enable prevention of ... can lead to severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)...  NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its ... specifically designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... to support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the ... ... ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... 5, 2017  In response to the nationwide ... Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that urge ... used as a first-line therapy to manage a ... Recognizing the value and importance ... "Opioid Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" stresses ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... OBP Medical , a leading ... today announced regulatory approval from Brazil,s ... Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... with integrated LED light source and smoke evacuation ... of a tissue pocket or cavity during surgical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: