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Saturday, August 13, 2005 

Anti Smoking/ SCAM

We knew at the onset of the big settlement from the Tobacco companies that the money probably would not go to what it was supposed to. The first clue was the fact that this lawsuit was to be the last one with no more suits to follow. Well that did not happen as more and more lawsuits came. [ SIDE NOTE ..... FUNNY HOW NO ONE WAS EVER FORCED TO SMOKE YET THE COURTS AND ANTI SMOKING CROWD LIKES TO MAKE YOU THINK THAT THE BIG TOBACCO CORPS FORCED CIGARETTES INTO EVERYONES MOUTH.]

Now the truth/ evidance is coming forth that the states are misuseing the settlement monies.

Tobacco Settlement Money Not Going Anti-Smoking Programs
NewsMax.com
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005
The $246 billion settlement between tobacco companies and the states was supposed to go for anti-smoking education and to treat tobacco-related illnesses – but a mere 3 percent has actually been spent on prevention.

Much of the money has gone instead to help states plug budget deficits, according to Investor's Business Daily.

IBD reveals:

Five of the 46 states involved in the 1998 settlement and the District of Columbia have yet to commit a single dollar of their money to prevention, and another 15 have spent the minimum.
Health-related spending accounts for about 33 percent of the funds spent this year, but last year the figure was just 19.8 percent.
44 percent of last year's payments were used to offset budget shortfalls, up from 36 percent the year before.
When Gray Davis was governor of California, the state sold $2.4 billion of its shares to balance the budget.
But California "has hardly been alone in turning future income from the deal into immediate cash – at a large loss," IBD reports.

According to the General Accounting Office, Kentucky spent $271,750 of its tobacco money on improving the prawn industry, and North Carolina spent $100,000 on "motorsports research."

IBD warns: "The grubbers are probably done with the tobacco industry. That cow's been milked about dry. The next victims will probably come from the ranks of fast-food chains, meat producers or gun makers (which some in Congress are trying to shield from voracious liability lawyers).

"Once the lawyers and politicians who fleeced Big Tobacco target another industry, it'll be more than just smokers who'll get burned."

[ HOW TRUE, ARE WE NOT ALREADY SEEING THE FAST FOOD CHAINS START TO BE ATTACKED. THE GUN MAKERS HAVE BEEN UNDER ATTACK FOR YEARS BY SELF RIGHTOUSE MORONS. LOOK AT WHAT THE MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT ON. HOW ABSURD. THE VOTERS NEED TO DEMAND ACOUNTABILITY AT ONCE. THE ANTI SMOKING CROWD SHOULD BE ASHAMED AS THEY ARE BEHIND THE MISSUSE OF THIS MONEY. AFTER ALL FOLLOW THE TRAIL. THE MONEY HAS GONE TO THE PORK ITEMS THE NONSMOKING CROWD SUPPORTS. POLITICAL AND LEGAL BLACKMAIL.]

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