Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are being warned not to become complacent about combating smoking, even as the percentage of smokers in the state declines.

The Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees is scheduled to present its annual report on Monday to members of two state legislative committees. The board recommends how the state should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies.

The report estimates 15.5 percent of Connecticut adults currently smoke cigarettes. That’s down from 22.1 percent in 1990.

But rates climb when the when specific populations are taken into account, including people with lower education and income, minorities, people with behavioral health issues, pregnant women and criminal offenders.

The board will recommend how to spend $3.5 million of the state’s approximately $140 million annual share.

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