PHOENIX (AP) -- A new report shows Arizona is ranked 17th in the nation in its efforts to prevent teens from smoking and help smokers quit the habit.
The report released Thursday by a coalition of health groups looked at efforts across the nation. It held up Florida as a state that has seen its efforts pay off. Just 7 1/2 percent of Florida high school students smoke compared to 14 percent in Arizona.
The study shows Arizona collecting $424 million this year from tobacco taxes and the 1998 settlement with tobacco companies but spending less than 5 percent of that on tobacco prevention programs. The $19 million Arizona spent this year is just a third of that recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.