A Minnesota court says R-J Reynolds Tobacco has wrongfully failed to pay the state millions of dollars it owes under the state’s landmark 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry.

“What we’re asking is once the state gets these funds, the fees, we’re asking the legislature to dedicate a portion of that to youth tobacco prevention.”

Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says the most recent surveys show youth tobacco use rose for the first time since 2000. The state attorney general’s office says the court will enter a judgment in the coming months for the amount that Reynolds owes.