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American Lung Association Report Card Flunks Federal Government and Most States for Neglecting to Prevent Tobacco Caused Illness
Date:1/13/2009

  • "D" for Ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control -- The Bush Administration once again neglected to submit the international tobacco control treaty to the Senate for ratification, leaving the U.S. unable to participate in international negotiations to implement and enforce the treaty.
  • STATE RESULTS:

    The American Lung Association updated this year's state grading guidelines to ensure they reflect the most effective tobacco control policies. States and the District of Columbia are graded on the following:

    • Smokefree air laws
    • Cigarette tax rates
    • Tobacco prevention and control programs
    • Coverage of cessation treatments

    States continued to fail to enact these critical policy measures in 2008. Instead, state-level political candidates accepted more than $2.5 million in campaign contributions from the tobacco industry in 2008.

    State grade highlights:

    • No state received all A's in this report. Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia received all F's.
    • No state earned an "A" for offering comprehensive tobacco cessation treatments to its Medicaid recipients and state employees. Six states (Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee) do nothing to help the Medicaid population quit smoking; another six states (Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming) fail to offer tobacco cessation benefits for state employees.
    • Iowa and Nebraska were the only two states to meet the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air Challenge in 2008 by passing strong smokefree air laws.
    • Only Alaska and Delaware received A's for funding tobacco prevention and control programs at 80 percent or more of the CDC-recommended
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