Big Spenders

If we're looking at the non-government anti-smoking organization that spends the most, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is well ahead of other major anti-smoking groups in spending. Tobacco Free Kids combines education and policy advocation to help keep kids from smoking, and they spend tens of millions each year to do so, raising money mainly through private and corporate donations.

Anti-smoking Groups By the Numbers

There are a few heavy hitters in the anti-smoking arena, and not all of them have current spending data available. To get an idea of what each group spends on smoking prevention, we'll compare the most recent numbers available from the largest organizations' anti-smoking programs. Not all of these groups were able to break out the numbers to separate smoking prevention programs from cessation, and one was only able to provide a total spent on preventing lung cancer. Despite the somewhat inconsistent reporting, however, there's one organization that clearly spent more than any other on smoking prevention.

  • The Foundation for a Smokefree America only had a fiscal report available from 2006, when they spent $195,846 on anti-smoking programs.
  • The American Cancer Society had a little bit of difficulty breaking out smoking prevention programs specifically, but according to a spokesperson, in the 2010 fiscal year they spent about $16 million in lung cancer prevention efforts.
  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids spent $54.9 million in 2010 on prevention campaigns targeting kids and teens.
  • The U.S. government spent far more than any of these groups, investing at least $517.9 million in anti-smoking programs in 2010. That figure only represents money that tobacco companies gave the states as part of the 1998 tobacco settlement. There are also federal government prevention programs that add up to far more.

The government spends the most money on anti-smoking campaigns, more than twice as much as the next biggest spender. So where does that money go? On top of state-specific programs that receive funding from the Master Settlement Agreement, the federal government promotes smoking prevention through a number of agencies, like Smokefree.gov, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute. When you look at all of the state and federal programs working to keep Americans from becoming smokers, the government is by far the largest anti-smoking organization in the U.S. and the one that spends the most on smoking prevention.

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