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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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  • Cessation Treatments—No state received an "A" for offering comprehensive tobacco cessation treatments to its Medicaid recipients and to state employees. Thirty-one states received an "F" in this category. The American Lung Association urged full coverage of clinically proven smoking cessation treatments in a November  report entitled Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage 2009.

  • States continued to fail to enact these critical policy measures in 2009. Instead, state-level political candidates took in more than $7 million in campaign contributions from the tobacco industry in the 2007-2008 election cycle and more than $675,000 through the first 11 months of 2009, generally an off year for state elections.

    The Tobacco Epidemic Persists

    Despite a perception that smoking is a dying public health danger, the tobacco epidemic persists. It causes tragedy, staggering costs and devastation. In 2008, the latest year for which data is available, smoking in the U.S. failed to decline for the first time in years, staying right around 20 percent. Forty-six million adults smoke. The nation's progress in ending the epidemic has halted, according to the CDC.

    The tobacco companies, meanwhile, continue exerting powerful influence and targeting kids in order to replace their dying customers. To hook a new generation of children, these companies have launched products that critics label "tobacco candy." Camel, for example, debuted its Camel Orbs,
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