(Undated) - A new report shows Indiana is falling behind other states across the country when it comes to using money from a 1998 multi-state tobacco settlement to pay for smoker prevention programs.
The state is ranked 28th in the study called "A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 12 Years Later," which was commissioned by the coalition of public health organizations.
The group found Indiana is spending about $9 million for prevention programs in fiscal year 2011, which is just about 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation.
The best state for tobacco prevention programs is Alaska.
The worst states are Nevada, New Hampshire and Ohio, all of which have not spent anything on programs.