Open the infographic to the right entitled "Rolling the Dice on Tobacco Use" to see how money is at the root of America's tobacco problem – the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Follow the money trail of funds misused by policymakers and strategically invested by Big Tobacco and learn how a financial web of neglect and deceit stacks the deck against our kids and gambles with their lives. See how Big Tobacco's campaign contributions have blocked proven tobacco control measures, while states have failed to invest funds in lifesaving tobacco prevention and cessation programs, despite receiving billions from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes. And explore how the federal government‘s progress came to an abrupt halt this year, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars tobacco-related disease costs America every day. Follow the money trail and see how far it goes and where it's leading the health of our nation.
Want to learn more about tobacco money in states? "Big Tobacco Wins Tax Battles," a report by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, uncovers how the tobacco industry made generous campaign contributions to political candidates and bankrolled multi-million dollar efforts to defeat tobacco control ballot initiatives.