PROVIDENCE, RI – Anti-smoking advocates say Rhode Island must do more to lower smoking rates. A coalition of groups including Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has released a report that ranks the Ocean State 38th in the nation for anti-smoking measures.
Though Rhode Island has a ban on public smoking and the second highest tax on tobacco, advocates say the state must fund more programs to help smokers quit and keep kids from taking up the habit.
Rhode Island spends almost $400,000 annually on anti-smoking, but the federal government recommends spending closer to $15 million a year. That's to balance the estimated $27 million that tobacco companies spend on marketing in the state.
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