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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

dren's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This increase has led many smokers to attempt to quit. The tax still falls short, however, of the "A" standard of $2.68 per pack.

"F" for Cessation—The federal government continues to fail to help smokers quit—an effort that would save lives and money. However, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved different versions of healthcare reform legislation that include an expansion of cessation coverage under Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance plans. At press time, it was uncertain whether a final bill would include these policies, and whether it would be passed into law; the House version provided broader coverage.

"D" for Ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control—The Obama administration has not submitted the international tobacco control treaty to the Senate for ratification, leaving the U.S. unable to participate in negotiations to implement and enforce it. The treaty has been ratified by 168 nations representing 86 percent of the world's population.

STATE RESULTS

As states faced record budget deficits, many turned to cigarette taxes to increase revenues. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised cigarette taxes, a proven means to reduce smoking. These states are Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Verm
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