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The Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act, a referendum passed by Arkansans in the November 2000 election, invests Arkansas’ share of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds in seven health-related programs. This report documents the initiation and first two years of activity by the seven funded programs. First, it gives a summary of the history and context of the funding in Arkansas. It then describes progress on key indicators from program inception in July 2001 to June 2003 is provided for each of the seven programs. The report also examines measures that were developed to monitor effects of the funded programs on smoking and other health-related outcomes and early results from those measures. Finally, it provides both program-specific and statewide recommendations for future program activities and funding.

The research described in this report was sponsored by the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission was conducted by RAND Health.

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