Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2010 Monitoring Update

Authors

OTRU

Date

September 2010

Type of Report

Monitoring Update

 

Substantial 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 (CDC) (2007) recommends sustained tobacco control funding on a state-by-state basis, e.g., for community interventions, health communication, cessation and evaluation. The U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2007) recommends $15 U.S. to $20 U.S. per capita as a funding target for each U.S. state. It also recommends the use of tobacco tax revenues to fund tobacco control programs, federal funding of media campaigns, stable funding for quit lines, funding of research and a national funding plan if state funding does not increase. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2005) encourages meaningful funding of tobacco control strategies. This update reviews the status of funding commitments for tobacco control in Ontario and other provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions. In 2009-2010, Ontario’s total funding commitment for tobacco control was $42.8 million compared to $53.2 million in 2008-2009 and $60 million in 2007-2008. Levels of funding by various US states are also noted.

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