Questioning use of tobacco settlement funds

Published: April 27, 2012

When states sued and settled with the large tobacco companies, the stated reason was to reimburse state Medicaid for smoking-related illnesses. The settlement money is provided by smokers through the purchase of tobacco products. How much of this money is being used for smokers on Medicaid for smoking-related illnesses?

To use any of these funds and the interest from invested funds for anything other than the originally stated reasons for the lawsuit wouldn't be good stewardship.

Tom Peterman, Oklahoma City

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