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    Lung Cancer Facts

    • Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death as it takes more lives than breast, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma combined, yet it receives the least amount of funding.
    • Over 440 Americans die each DAY from lung cancer-that is 19 an HOUR
    • 3 out of 5 lung cancer patients will die within 12 months
    • The 5-year survival rate of 15 % has not changed since 1971 due to the lack of funding for lung cancer research.
    • Every 2 ½ minutes another person is diagnosed with lung cancer.

    (Source: Lung Cancer Alliance)

    Tobacco Settlement Money is Not Being Spent on Lung Cancer Research

    $246 Billion will be paid to the 50 States (and the District of Columbia) over the next 25 years by the Master Settlement Agreement. Of this $246 Billion, no funds are dedicated to Lung Cancer Research, and just 0.65% is earmarked for federal research into tobacco use and other substance abuse.

    The nation's governors unanimously passed a resolution in 1999 stating that they "are committed to spending a significant portion of the tobacco settlement funds on smoking cessation programs, health care, education, and programs benefiting children." Tobacco Prevention Programs were to be funded by each state at levels suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet in 2004 states were spending just 3% of their tobacco settlement money on tobacco prevention, and an audit of 2003 spending revealed that only 4 states have funded tobacco prevention programs at the CDC-recommended guidelines. 46 states have allocated the majority of their tobacco settlement monies to balance budgets and fund projects, including the development of roads, bridges and prisons.

    • Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, American Cancer Society
    • NCI Financial Management Branch, National Cancer Institute
    • A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement Five Years Later, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Nov. 12, 2003. www.tobaccofreekids.org

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