Around $15 million would be dedicated to tobacco prevention each year as part of a sweeping tax bill passed by the state House Thursday. The Senate is proposing around $5 million per year in its version of the tax bill and Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says:

“Any investment is obviously a great step forward but we prefer the $15 million a year because that reflects where Minnesota was when he had a really strong tobacco prevention program.”

The Walz administration included $8 million a year for tobacco prevention efforts in his revised budget released at the end of March. Smith says the money would go toward media campaigns countering tobacco marketing to youth and community-tailored outreach programs.