Tobacco Tax Supports Early-childhood Programs

Publication: The Arizona Republic

Author: Kerry Fehr-Snyder


06/24/2010 - One by one, young children walked into an office at the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA to get fluoride varnish painted on their teeth.

And one by one, they emerged smacking their lips at the sticky substance that coated their teeth to prevent cavities and left a strange taste in their mouths.

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A study by the Pew Center on the States in January also found that cutting effective early-childhood programs hurts states in the short term and long run. Home visiting and mentoring programs, for example, cut by half the incidence of low birth weight babies and saved $28,000 to $40,000 per baby. That, in turn, can save states a total of $33 billion in costs related to child abuse and neglect, the study found.

Read the entire article Tobacco Tax Supports Early-childhood Programs on the Arizona Republic Web site.

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