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Hawai‘i Third in tobacco prevention report

December 15, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - Hawai'i ranks third in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, a coalition of public health groups said. Hawai'i spends $10.7 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 70 percent of the $15.2 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Aloha State has some of the lowest smoking rates in the nation, with 11.3 percent of high school students and 14.5 percent of adults smoking. Nationally, 19.5 percent of high school students and 19.3 percent of adults are smokers.



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