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State Support for Programs to Decrease Tobacco Use Among Teens and Adults on the Decline According to Trend Report Released Today
Date:8/12/2008

prioritize their commitment to protect their citizens from tobacco related death and illness. The emotional and economic impact this has on our country is staggering," added Toomey. "It is now in the states' hands to improve the health of our nation by going smokefree by 2010. We are here to support our legislative partners every step of the way."

It should be noted that a handful of states have made important strides so far this year. The American Lung Association applauds Iowa and Nebraska for approving comprehensive smokefree laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. With the addition of these two states, 23 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have now met the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge.

Also in 2008, New York and Massachusetts as well as the District of Columbia increased their cigarette taxes by $1.00 per pack or more. New York now replaces New Jersey as the state with the highest cigarette tax at $2.75 per pack. Large increases in state cigarette taxes are directly linked to decreased smoking especially among children.

A PDF copy of 2008 SLATI Mid-Term Report is available online at: http://slati.lungusa.org/midtermreports.asp. This website is also the home of the online version of SLATI, which is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in state tobacco control laws throughout the year. SLATI is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws. Production of the 2008 SLATI Mid-Term Report is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.

For more information on the American Lung Association's Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge, go to http://www.lungusa.org/smokefree2010.

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