American Lung Association in Oklahoma Applauds State’s Price Increase on Cigarettes
(June 1, 2017) -
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The American Lung Association in Oklahoma commends Gov. Mary Fallin and state lawmakers in approving a $1.50 per pack increase in the price of cigarettes, which was included in a budget bill that the governor signed Wednesday.
“We applaud Gov. Fallin and Oklahoma legislators for approving a $1.50 per pack increase that will encourage more Oklahomans to quit smoking or never start,” said Terri Bailey, executive director of the American Lung Association in Oklahoma. “In Oklahoma, approximately 22 percent of people smoke, and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state and the country. This price increase is a step forward for public health in our state, and it allows us to stand up to big tobacco companies and ensure that fewer lives are lost to tobacco.”
In the American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Tobacco Control” report, Oklahoma received mixed grades for its tobacco prevention efforts. The state earned failing grades for its level of state tobacco taxes and lack of a law that would set the minimum age of sale for tobacco products at 21.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, tobacco use and tobacco policies, contact the American Lung Association at Heather.Mangan@Lung.org or 312-801-7631.
About the American Lung Association in Oklahoma
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.