What do you think about tobacco settlement dollars?

March1, 2011

It is a fascinating history filling volumes of research journals and books and ledgers… The tobacco settlement… It came to my attention again today as I was reading about Pennsylvania’s adult basic health insurance program.

Mostly, in the past several days, I’ve heard sound bites about the program shutting down and leaving Pennsylvanians uninsured. The shutdown in the stories I’ve heard seemed to be linked to state budgets and all that is going on there. Today, I had a moment to explore more about these soundbites and learned that…the program began under Governor Tom Ridge who used the State’s tobacco settlement funds [http://onevoicetulsa.com/index.php?ht=display/ContentDetails/i/4424680].

The tobacco settlement was designed to provide states with funds to address increased health care costs related to tobacco use…smoking. This was to include cessation programs as well [http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/].

One might ask how we get from the the latter to the former? We all share higher health care costs linked to smoking…whether or not we smoke or have smoked. So perhaps it was a creative and even equitable program that the former governor introduced…

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