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American Lung Association Report Card: Federal Government Makes Major Strides; Most States Flunk for Neglecting to Prevent Tobacco-Caused Disease
Date:1/12/2010

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To arrive at the grades published in State of Tobacco Control 2009, the American Lung Association compared policies against targets based on the most current, recognized scientific criteria for effective tobacco control, or policies considered the best in the nation.

FEDERAL RESULTS

The federal government took major and meaningful steps to curb the enormous burden caused by tobacco use in 2009. For two decades the American Lung Association has advocated giving authority to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. Congress finally passed this legislation early in 2009. President Obama signed it on June 22.

Congress also more than doubled the federal cigarette tax, from 39 cents to $1.01 per pack. In addition, both chambers of Congress passed healthcare reform legislation that could expand coverage under Medicaid and private insurance for helping smokers quit (called cessation).  As the House and Senate passed bills are reconciled, the Lung Association urges Congressional leaders to require state Medicaid programs to offer comprehensive cessation benefits.    

The American Lung Association gives federal tobacco control grades for these criteria:

Federal Grades:

"A" for FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products—The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law in 2009 and already the FDA has begun to implement the law. It has tremendous potential to reduce death and disease caused by tobacco in the U.S.

"D" for Federal Cigarette Tax—Congress agreed in February 2009 to raise the federal government's cigarette tax by 62 cents per pack of 20 to $1.01 in order to fund the Chil
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