Illinois and tobacco settlement money

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If you smoke and itch to quit, don’t look to the state for help. Despite an annual infusion of about $300 million from the landmark tobacco settlement, Illinois continues to spend less than most others on programs designed to prevent people from lighting up, according to a national ranking.

Illinois finished 41st out of the 50 states in the percentage of settlement money funneled into prevention and stop-smoking programs during the current fiscal year, the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids recently reported. Tennessee was at the bottom, North Dakota at the top.

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