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Study says Vt. needs to do more to prevent smoking

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A new study ranks Vermont in the top 10 states for smoking prevention but says the state needs to do more.

The national report says Vermont spends $4 million a year on anti-tobacco programs, falling short of the $10.4 million recommended by the CDC.

The report says in Vermont each year, 700 kids start smoking, 800 adults die from smoking, and health care costs from smoking top $233 million.

The CDC says of the $127 million Vermont collects in tobacco settlement and taxes this year, only three percent will be spent on anti-tobacco programs.

Meanwhile, tobacco companies spend nearly $17 million a year here, four times what the state spends on prevention.

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