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BOISE -- A new study says Idaho is spending far less than what's recommended to fight the use of tobacco.

The CDC recently released their report, claiming Idaho should be contributing seven times more to tobacco prevention and control.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says they would love to have more money to spend on their campaigns to fight tobacco use, but adds the funding is limited.

The CDC's report says right now Idaho spends just 14 percent of what the state should to help fight tobacco use.

According to the report, Idaho brings in $73.2 million annually in tobacco settlement dollars and taxes. That's money from a 1998 settlement with the nation's five largest tobacco companies.

But, Idaho's Project Filter campaign spends just over $2 million each year.

American Cancer Society's director of government relations Stacey Satterlee says it's a big concern in Idaho.

Currently we spend $2.2 million annually on tobacco control and prevention, they recommend somewhere between $11 and $15 million, said Satterlee.

The American Cancer Society says Idaho should put more money to fighting the substance that contributes to so many medical issues, and even deaths.

Over $530 million every year is spent on tobacco, on medical costs for those who use tobacco, so this is a huge issue for Idaho, said Satterlee.

Tom Shanahan with the Department of Health and Welfare walked us through the numbers.

The department's Project Filter offers services to help quit smoking and advertises against tobacco use.

He says they did spend $2.2. million last year, but asked legislators for $3 million. And he says there are several other organizations fighting for the same limited funds.

They've got some good points, they really do, I think if Idaho did have more funding we could do more, said Shanahan.

Shanahan says it all comes from the Millennium Fund from tobacco settlements.

He admits they would like more money for projects things like anti-tobacco advertisements in rural areas, but says another important fact is that Idaho already has a low tobacco use rate.

I think with the money we have we do a pretty good job, Idaho is sixth lowest in the nation, which is really good, said Shanahan.

Meanwhile, some say there's still room to contribute more.

There's an opportunity for us to invest a little more money, get the word out and get our smoking rates down, said Satterlee.

Shanahan also tells us only two states, Alaska and North Dakota, actually spend the recommended amount.

As for the rest of the tobacco settlement money, the other approximately $70 million, the American Cancer Society says it goes to several funds.

Some goes to the cancer data registry, some to cancer control, but most goes to the Permanent Building Funding, which pays for projects like the renovation of the Capitol.

Committees will make their recommendations for next year's funding to JFAC on Monday and we're told Project Filter will be asking for more money.

One of Project Filter's biggest campaigns is to help people quit using tobacco.

If you are interested in quitting, the program offers four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges), counseling and peer support.

For help, you can call 1-800-quitnow, or click HERE.

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