Aside $489 Million For Tobacco Control
The Minnesota House and Senate agreed to place $489 million into
two tobacco control endowments.
A $387 million endowment for a
statewide tobacco-prevention program will be administered by the
Department of Health. The interest from the endowment will
generate $19 million a year for advertising and other
A separate endowment will produce
$5 million a year for community antismoking efforts. According
to Judy Knapp of the Minnesota Smoke-Free Coalition: "This is a
huge step forward in the effort to reduce what tobacco addiction
costs all of us in lives and dollars.
It's a great day for
Minnesota's children, its families and its citizens."
Minneapolis Star Tribune, (5/18/99) "Antismoking efforts get half of tobacco endowments," Conrad deFiebre /
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