The General Assembly appropriated $5 million this year for an anti-cancer campaign in Maryland, which has the nation's worst cancer rate. A key element was to have been a heavy anti-smoking media campaign in low-income areas. However, after heavy lobbying by tobacco interests, the legislators included an amendment that only $250,000 of the $5 million can be spent on the media. Cancer screening and other prevention services would not be affected. State officials have put the advertising campaign on hold to study the legalities of the restrictions.
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