Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2008 Monitoring Update




November 2008

Type of Report

Monitoring Update


Substantial and stable government funding is necessary if tobacco control strategies are to be effective in reducing tobacco-related illness and death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007) recommends sustained tobacco control funding on a state-by-state basis. The U.S. Institute of Medicine (2007) recommends a range of $15 U.S. to $20 U.S. per capita as a funding target for each U.S. state. Internationally, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO 2005; 2008) likewise encourages meaningful funding of tobacco control strategies. Although comparisons between Canadian and U.S. funding must be treated with caution, Ontario’s per capita funding of tobacco control at less than five dollars per person is considerably lower than the minimum amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine (2007) for U.S. states. However, Ontario has the highest total funding commitment and the third highest per capita funding commitment to tobacco control of all Canadian provinces and territories.

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