Healthy Start looks for funds from tobacco companies

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The Healthy Start Coalition for pregnant women and newborns says it wants the state to close an 89 million dollar loophole in its tobacco policy. The coalition says tobacco companies once making up one to two percent of the market do not have to pay into the Lawton Chiles Trust Fund. That money saved has helped them grow to 20 percent of the market. Healthy Start says by closing the loop hole, it would create more funds for Florida's future generations.

Executive Director of the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition, Ann Davis said, "We're all about healthy moms and babies and that's what we're trying to say to the governor and the legislature. Please help us fully fund these issues because that's the future, babies are our future."

In a letter to the governor, Healthy Start has asked the state to impose a charge of 40 cents a pack to smaller tobacco companies.

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