I don’t know about elsewhere, but I think almost all the money from settlements in California go to the State Health Dept. They use the money on alarmist advertising that even I, who holds tobacco companies and their product in the lowest regard, find reprehensible. Every day on my way to work I pass a CDoH billboard that proclaims: “500,000,000 people alive today will die from tobacco” There is also a commercial with a woman who smokes through her trachia. Also prominant are Malboro-like ads where the cowboys say things like “Bob, I’ve got emphaziema!”
Education is one thing, but scaring people into beleiving that anyone who even, so much as, looks at a cigarette is going to die a horrible death is just propaganda. They also have ads aimed at children that encourage them to tell their smoking parents that not only are they killing themselves but also their children (second hand smoke). This smacks of the Soviet Pioneer Scouts who were encouraged to turn in their “reactionary” parents.
The state is hypocritically using the same misleading advertising tactics that the tobacco industry used for years. I suspect their statistical data is as skewed as any of the manipulated numbers the industry used to use to deny that their product had any ill efects.
Sorry. I didn’t mean to go off on a rant.