Fifteen years ago, about one in four people in Missouri smoked. Today, its one in six, and the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Community Health program director Matthew Kuhlenbeck says that’s a significant number.
He said, “We’ve gone from over 27 percent of Missourians using tobacco, to almost 20 percent. That’s a dramatic decrease.”
Kuhlenbeck says in seven years, the foundation has invested 28 million dollars to try to get Missourians to stop smoking. The state does not fund any of those programs, and he says its all done with private dollars.