INDIANA, (WOWO): It turns out Indiana is losing millions of dollars in health funding because of how it uses money from a 1998 tobacco settlement.
A recent report ranks the state 50th in per-capita funding from the CDC in 2013. Lawmakers say Indiana was supposed to use settlement money primarily to prevent tobacco use. Instead, the state spends just under six million dollars a year on such programs. That's about seven percent of the amount recommended by the CDC.
Indiana's high smoking rate continues to contribute to the state’s national ranking near the bottom when it comes to the health of residents. A 2011 state report found more than a fourth of the state's adults smoke.