Funding Cuts Imperil Smoking-Cessation Programs

September 3, 2013

Frank T. Leone, MD, director of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer story about the state’s budget cuts to a smoking cessation programs. The amount of funding for such programs has dropped from $52.6 million a decade ago to $14.21 today. Smoking rates appear to have fallen in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but large pockets of smokers remain, like in Chester city where 37 percent of adults smoke."The funding levels today reflect the 1980s and '90s notion toward smoking - of building a few programs here and there - and don't really reflect what these hardened smokers require in their community," said Leone.

Philadelphia Inquirer article