Keeping the Promise: Protecting Washington, D.C. From Tobacco

Keeping the Promise: Protecting Washington, D.C. From Tobacco

A new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges the D.C. Council to renew funding for the D.C. Tobacco Free Families campaign, a district-wide tobacco prevention and cessation effort. The report, Keeping the Promise: Protecting Washington, D.C., From Tobacco (19 pages, PDF), found that the campaign has been a success, with smoking rates in the District down some 19 percent between 2005 and 2008. If $3.6 million in annual funding for the campaign is not renewed, however, youth smoking could jump almost 10 percent, resulting in 2,400 additional high school smokers, while healthcare costs due to smoking could increase by $42 million, including $4.8 million under the Medicaid program.