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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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Disturbing trends emerged, however. Ten states and the District of Columbia took a step backward by sharply reducing funding for tobacco control and prevention programs. This trend undermines other advances because robust tobacco control programs help sustain and even expand the impact of higher cigarette taxes and smokefree workplace laws. Wisconsin, for example, increased its cigarette tax by 75 cents but also slashed funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs by more than half. New Hampshire raised its cigarette tax by 45 cents, yet it spends not a single state dollar on tobacco prevention and cessation programs. In addition, the pace for states passing comprehensive smokefree air laws slowed dramatically.

"Increasing tobacco taxes and requiring smokefree workplaces are two important steps in reducing the leading cause of preventable death in the United States," said Mary H. Partridge, American Lung Association National Board Chair. "But that is still not enough. Comprehensive cessation programs must also be made available to support them in quitting."

No Straight A's

No state received straight "A's" on its report card. Six received all "F's." They are Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

States and the District of Columbia are graded on the following:

  • State Cigarette Taxes
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