Gregoire criticized for anti-smoking cuts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gregoire criticized for anti-smoking cuts

YAKIMA, Wash. - A leading researcher of secondhand smoke says Gov. Chris Gregoire is no longer the anti-tobacco governor.

Stanton Glantz is a professor of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, who spoke Wednesday to a group of public health professionals meeting at the Yakima Convention Center.

He criticized the governor and the Legislature for cutting tobacco-control programs.

Gregoire made a reputation as state attorney general in 1998 by leading the states in negotiating a multibillion settlement with tobacco companies.

Gregoire spokesman Glenn Kuper told The Yakima Herald-Republic that she instilled a culture of tobacco prevention in the state but many programs had to be cut because of the budget shortfall.

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