Tobacco Prevention Saves Lives and Money
The monumental Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (TMSA) between 46 states and the tobacco companies was finalized in 1998. Since then, Oregon has received over $1 billion from the tobacco industry in the past 10 years.
Most of the money has gone to debt service, and not one penny has gone to tobacco prevention.
For the first time in a decade, we have the opportunity to invest Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement dollars toward the original purpose: compensating Oregon for taxpayer money spent on patients with tobacco-related diseases and reducing tobacco use, with a focus on Oregon's children.
To fulfill the original intent of the Agreement and create long-term savings in Oregon's health system, the TMSA Campaign recommends all $120 million settlement funds available in 2013-15 be allocated to health and wellness efforts.
$73 million for Oregon's health transformation
Investing in health transformation and prevention could leverage up to $120 million in matching federal dollars for coordinated care organizations and community partnerships to reduce tobacco use and improve health outcomes. This is a significant investment into improving the health, and reducing the health care costs, for Oregon.
$35 million for children's health and wellness
Focusing efforts on our children's health and wellness will reduce chronic illness, improve mental and oral health, and integrate healthy behaviors by enhancing investment in physical education and school-based health centers.
$12 million to reduce smoking in Oregon
According to a recent poll, 85 percent of Oregon voters favor dedicating at least 10 percent of Oregon settlement money to tobacco prevention programs. For every $1 spent on tobacco interventions, the State of Oregon realizes a $5 return on investment from reduced tobacco-related costs.