Where Does the Money Go?

Cigarette taxes and settlement agreement funds are supposed to fund youth smoking prevention programs and other tobacco-related public health programs, but that’s not always where the money really goes. Instead, more and more of your taxes are used to fund causes and projects unrelated to tobacco control. Here are just a few of the projects funded by your MSA dollars:

New York
Dump trucks, golf carts and a course irrigation system, and a new county jail
Virginia
Broadband cable networks
New Jersey
Psychiatric care for prisoners
Alabama
Boot camps for juvenile delinquents; alternative schools
Nevada
Upgrading public television stations with DVD technology
Alaska
Harbor renovation and museum expansion
South Carolina
Water and sewer improvements
Michigan
Pasture and weather monitoring for a thoroughbred association in Kentucky
Kentucky
College scholarships
California
City parks and the purchase of undeveloped land
Illinois
A senior citizen prescription-drug program and property-tax rebates
Maine
Medicaid dental services
North Dakota
Water Resources Trust Fund and flood-control projects