Anti-Smoking Grade

American Lung Association blasts Alabama, Georgia and eight other states on anti-tobacco spending. They were graded "F" in the way it handles its share of $206 million dollars in tobacco-suit settlement money.

The American Lung Association gave both states failing marks in four categories: anti-smoking programs, cigarette taxes, secondhand smoke laws and measures to protect children from smoking.

Alabama is the only state in the country with no indoor clean air bill that regulates smoking in public places. The association also criticized the state for having the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation at 16.5 cents a pack.

In 2002, Alabama got about $135 million from tobacco companies. Only about $350,000 was spent for anti-tobacco programs.

According to a report by the American Lung Association, Georgia committed four times as much tobacco settlement money this fiscal year to rural economic development as it did to anti-smoking programs.

One-third of the state's tobacco money, about $60 million this fiscal year, is earmarked for programs to help improve the economies of small town Georgia.

Only $15 million would go to smoking cessation and prevention programs.

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State of Tobacco Control: 2002

Smokefree Air

  • The American Lung Association advocates for the enactment and enforcement of measures to eliminate the exposure of children and adults to secondhand smoke, with emphasis on work sites.

  • Areas of special concern include schools, day care centers, health care facilities, and publicly owned buildings and facilities.

  • The ALS wants to establish a minimum standard that local governments can build upon to provide additional protection.

Youth Access
The American Lung Associated recommends you access laws that:

  • Monitor tobacco retail outlets, with a graduated series of penalties to the retailer for sales of tobacco to minors, culminating in license suspension or revocation for repeated violations;

  • Authorize state or local governments to carry out random, unannounced inspections of retail outlets, including authorization for minors’ participation in carrying out such inspections;

  • Eliminate tobacco vending machines;

  • Eliminate sales of single cigarettes or “loosies”;

  • Require that all tobacco products be displayed only behind the sales counter; and

  • Prohibit distribution of free tobacco product samples.

Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending

  • The American Lung Association recommends allocating a significant portion of state settlement funds to effective tobacco prevention and education programs, and adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as the basis for building a comprehensive tobacco prevention and education program.

  • The CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs guidelines recommend including the following nine programs in any comprehensive program:
    • Community programs to reduce tobacco use chronic disease programs to reduce the burden of tobacco-related diseases
    • School programs
    • Enforcement
    • Statewide programs include counter-marketing
    • Cessation programs
    • Surveillance
    • Evaluation
    • Administration
    • Management

Cigarette Tax
The American Lung Association encourages the following
action:

  • Enactment of significant increases in the excise tax on all tobacco products;
  • Indexing tobacco taxes to ensure that tobacco taxes will, at a minimum, keep up with inflation; and
  • Designating a portion of the tobacco tax revenue to cover tobacco education, prevention and cessation programs.

Grades by State:

  • Alabama
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Alaska
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – B
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – C
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Arizona
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Arkansas
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • California
  • Smokefree Air – A
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – C

  • Colorado
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Connecticut
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Delaware
  • Smokefree Air – A
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Florida
  • Smokefree Air – I
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Georgia
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Hawaii
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Idaho
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – B
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Illinois
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Indiana
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Iowa
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Kansas
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – C

  • Kentucky
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Louisiana
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Maine
  • Smokefree Air – C
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Maryland
  • Smokefree Air – B
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Massachusetts
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • Michigan
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • Minnesota
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Mississippi
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – A
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Missouri
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Montana
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Nebraska
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – C

  • Nevada
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • New Hampshire
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • New Jersey
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • New Mexico
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • New York
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • North Carolina
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • North Dakota
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Ohio
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Oklahoma
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Oregon
  • Smokefree Air – D
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • Pennsylvania
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – B
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Rhode Island
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • South Carolina
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • South Dakota
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Tennessee
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Texas
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – D

  • Utah
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – C

  • Vermont
  • Smokefree Air – B
  • Youth Access – A
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – B
  • Cigarette Taxes – B

  • Virginia
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – D
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Washington
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – C
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – B
  • Cigarette Taxes – A

  • West Virginia
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

  • Wisconsin
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – F
  • Cigarette Taxes – C

  • Wyoming
  • Smokefree Air – F
  • Youth Access – F
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending – D
  • Cigarette Taxes – F

Source: http://www.lungusa.org/ (The American Lung Association Web site) contributed to this report


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