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Anti-Smoking Groups Want Money Spent For Health

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LANSING, MI (AP) - Anti-smoking groups say they want to ensure that Michigan's money from its settlement with tobacco companies gets used to improve the health of the state's residents.

Michigan has used some of the money to pay for scholarships, business grants and budget fixes, and Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed setting aside $17.5 million in tobacco settlement reserves annually for 20 years toward helping to resolve Detroit's bankruptcy.

Peter Hamm, spokesman for the national Tobacco-Free Kids group says that the group isn't opposed to finding ways to fix Detroit's economic problems. He says, however, that a "reasonable percentage" should be spent to help people quit smoking.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray says the governor "takes smoking cessation programs seriously as we work to build a healthier, stronger Michigan."

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