North Dakota is ranked first in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit, according to a report released by a coalition of public health organizations.

The state will spend $9.5 million in fiscal year 2014 on tobacco prevention and cessation programs. That’s 102.3 percent of the amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Alaska is ranked second, spending $10.1 million, or 94.8 percent of the CDC-recommended amount.

Minnesota is 12th in the nation, spending $21.3 million a year, or 36.4 percent of the funds recommended by CDC.

South Dakota follows at 13th, spending $4 million, or 35.4 percent of the CDC-recommended level.

In North Dakota, a 2008 voter-approved initiative requires the state to fund its tobacco prevention and cessation program at the CDC-recommended level.

North Dakota’s program has seen success. From 2009 to 2011, the state reduced smoking among high school students from 22.4 percent to 19.4 percent.

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