TX ranks 46th in the nation when it comes to tobacco prevention

By: Michelle Langowski
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Texas, along with 48 other states failed to meet goals in funding for anti-smoking programs.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend the state put in over $260 million...currently we are only putting in 5 percent of that.

State representative John Smithee says spending the recommended amount would be wasteful, because in the end it is an individual decision how to conduct ones life.

"There is only so much role the state can play in determining whether or not people engage in certain conduct and all the information you provide is not necessarily cost effective or cost efficient to do," said Smithee.

But in Amarillo, one organization says they have the proof that their campaign is working.

"High school students aren't taking up this habit like they used to, so we know that this works. But you got to put the money and the resources behind it," said Tobacco Free Amarillo volunteer Mary CoynCoyne>

Both agree the emphasis should be placed on prevention rather than struggling to get kids and adults to quit.