- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anti-smoking leaders and some lawmakers say it’s a mistake to cut funds for smoking prevention programs.

The health and human services budget approved by the House April 7 contained no money for smoking prevention, which currently receives $7.3 for programs like Just Eliminate Lies and Quitline Iowa.

A Senate panel on Monday amended the bill to include $5 million for smoking prevention programs, but Peggy Huppert with the American Cancer Society says at least $5.9 million is needed. The full Senate may consider the measure this week.

Huppert says it makes sense for the state to invest in anti-tobacco programs because a lot of Medicaid money goes to treat illnesses caused by smoking.

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