OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state board is setting aside $4.5-million to help Oklahomans stop smoking and prevent others from starting.
The money comes from investment earnings on the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, which includes revenue from Oklahoma's share of a settlement with big tobacco companies.
A total of 65 percent of the state's share of the settlement is placed in the fund. The percentage will rise to 70 percent next year and will cap at 75 percent in 2007 and following years. The fund's balance is currently more than $246-million.