News & CommentTHE 1999 BUDGET

A New Link Between Tobacco and Cancer

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Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 796
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.796

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One of the biggest winners in the 1999 budget proposals is cancer research, with a proposed $4.7 billion boost over the next 5 years. This 65% raise for cancer is part of a planned 50% increase through 2003 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to be funded by a proposed settlement of lawsuits against tobacco companies. The first installment will be a 1999 boost of $1.15 billion, an 8.4% raise above NIH's 1998 budget of $13.6 billion.