States across the United States misuse funds that are extracted from a landmark, multi-jurisdiction legal settlement reached with tobacco companies in November of 1998.

Attorneys general for 46 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico entered into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

The settlement promises the federal and state governments billions in per year restitution to fund anti-tobacco efforts and promote public health.

Michael LaFaive, a fiscal policy expert with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and Todd Nesbit, an economics professor at Ball State University, wrote in a column for The Detroit News that tobacco settlement funds are being misused in Michigan.

You can read the entire op-ed at the Inside Sources.