Florida Smoking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The American Lung Association is giving Florida a big fat "F" on the amount it spends to warn kids about the dangers of smoking for the second straight year.

Before the last two years, Florida was hailed by anti-tobacco advocates as a national model. The state used money from big tobacco lawsuits to launch an edgy anti-smoking campaign for kids, which resulted in noticeable declines in youth smoking.

This year the Lung Association also gave Florida an "F" in another category: its use of the cigarette tax to combat smoking. At 34 cents a pack, Florida has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the country.

Tax advocates say a higher tax would give the state more money to fight teen smoking while serving as a weapon in itself.

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