Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kansas receives $500,000 from FDA to bolster anti-smoking efforts

October 27, 2010


— Kansas is one of 15 states that will receive a federal grant aimed at preventing young people from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The $558,000 from the Food and Drug Administration will go toward hiring more inspectors to enforce laws preventing the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 18.

“We know that most smokers start young, get addicted, and end up with diseases ranging from emphysema to lung cancer,” said Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

Deyton said 400,000 people die nationwide from tobacco-related diseases. The number of smoking-related deaths in Kansas is about 4,000 per year.

“Eliminating easy access to tobacco products and restricting exposure to secondhand smoke in public places are two of the best strategies to help our Kansas kids grow up tobacco free,” said Mary Jane Hellebust, executive director of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition.

Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon said the grant will replace three tobacco enforcement inspectors whose positions were cut during budget cuts, and add three more inspectors.


kthxbi 7 years, 8 months ago

500,000 dollars so 6 people can: (this is the job description) 1.Increase the enforcement of the state cigarette and tobacco laws, especially the underage sales of cigarette and tobacco products to minors; 2.Maintain compliance with the federal Synar Amendment as it relates to the sale of cigarette and tobacco to underage persons; 3.Educate licensees on how to remain in compliance with state cigarette and tobacco laws; and 4.Ensure compliance with the Master Settlement Agreement requirements and its components.

My god, so much bureaucracy. Expensive expensive bureaucracy. We now need to employee people to teach other people how to comply with the laws we created to regulate them. Fantastic. I bet no children will start smoking now.

kthxbi 7 years, 8 months ago

I am writing Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon to ask for an explanation. If this is the best idea they could come up with for spending $500,000 to get kids to not smoke, we should just send the money back.

cowboy 7 years, 8 months ago

In FY 2010 kansas had 170 million in tobacco revenue , they spent a little over 2 million on prevention.

The CDC has set a suggested spending level of 32 million for kansas

Kansas has squandered the tobacco settlement monies , and continues to squander the tax revenue monies.

If you want to have an impact , spend the appropriate amount , set up world class free cessation programs , and increase the prevention amounts.

For any state official to say anything positive about the states efforts is outright lying !

Remember , the smokers generated this money and it is supposed to be used to offset state costs and lower the rate of population that smoke.

Danimal 7 years, 8 months ago

Dumb, everyone has known forever that smoking is really bad for you.

IndusRiver 7 years, 8 months ago

and restricting exposure to secondhand smoke in public places

So they tell everybody to go outside to smoke, which spreads it over the public places more evenly and more surely.

The brains must be trains and they're real g.d. slow

QuinnSutore 7 years, 8 months ago

If they think half a mil is going to stop people from smoking tobacco, I'd like to know what THEY are smoking.

seagull 7 years, 8 months ago

So, it's okay for Kansas to advertise that it accepts money from the Feds but then bash them for spending or for setting regulations. Please. Republicans and the LJ World in particular are such hypocrites.

kansasmutt 7 years, 8 months ago

Ask the state what they have wasted the BILLIONS on from the tabaco lawsuit fund that has gone up in smoke. Jacko$$s wasted it all on BS not education.

I can not believe the frikkin waste this state is burning up, it is just stupid and foolish as hell.

cowboy 7 years, 8 months ago

1.6 Billion to be exact , yes thats billion with a b

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