Smoking is down significantly across the country, and the rate is even lower in Connecticut. But the overall picture masks significant disparities in who the remaining smokers are.
Connecticut has received nearly $2 billion in settlement funds from big tobacco companies in the past 15 years. Only a small fraction has gone to anti-smoking efforts. Instead, the fund has become largely an escape hatch when lawmakers need help balancing the budget.
Connecticut is poised to ban minors from buying or using e-cigarettes.