State Earns Mixed Grades In Tobacco Control Report Card
Smokefree Air Gets ‘A,’ But Funding And Minimum Age Score ‘F’ Marks
(January 25, 2017) - SAINT PAUL, MINN
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While Minnesota’s laws restricting smoking in most indoor workplaces once again earned the state an “A” grade in the annual State of Tobacco Control Report from the American Lung Association, the other grades are mixed. Minnesota earned a “B” for tobacco taxes and a “D” for access to cessation services. The cessation services grade dropped from an “A” mark last year, largely due to a changes in how the Lung Association quantified the state’s investment per smoker for the QUITPLAN telephone helpline. Like most other states, Minnesota earned an “F” for tobacco prevention and control program spending; and it earned an “F” in a new category on raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. Hawaii was the only state to earn an “A” grade in this new category.
“Raising the age of purchase of tobacco to age 21 is an effective strategy to keep tobacco out of our high schools and reduce youth tobacco use,” said Pat McKone, senior regional director for tobacco control and advocacy for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. “Minnesota has led the nation for decades in tobacco control policies and it’s time to lead again!”
The complete report and state scores can be found online at stateoftobaccocontrol.org.
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