- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)36
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)9
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)4
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
State rates poorly when it comes to children and tobacco
Missouri is doing a lousy job of stopping children from smoking. A coalition of anti-smoking groups, including the American Heart, Lung and Cancer associations, said the state ranks 46th out of 50 in the amount spent on tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids said in a news release the state should use proceeds from its 1998 tobacco settlement and the state's cigarette tax to fund more than $70 million in programs to discourage smoking.
The group said Missouri spends a little more than $61,000 dollars annually. Eighteen percent of Missouri high school students smoke, and 8,000 Missouri children become smokers each year, according the the coalition.