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MEDIA ALERT: American Lung Association to Release ‘State of Tobacco Control’ Report, New Grading Category for Tobacco 21

(January 11, 2017) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 15th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report, which tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are protecting citizens from tobacco-caused death and disease. This year's report finds that much more must be done to protect the public from the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke in order to prevent the next generation of youth from a lifetime of tobacco addiction. The report has expanded this year to include a new grading category for states' efforts to prevent youth tobacco use with laws to increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 or "Tobacco 21" laws.

WHERE: Website for "State of Tobacco Control 2017" report will be updated with new data,, at 12:00 a.m. ET on January 25, 2017

WHEN: Prior to the public release on January 25, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. ET, embargoed interviews may be available upon request.

WHO: Thomas A. Carr, American Lung Association Director of National Policy and lead author of "State of Tobacco Control"; Erika Sward, American Lung Association Assistant Vice President of National Advocacy

HOW: To request an embargoed interview, contact Allison MacMunn, [email protected] or 312-801-7628.

WHY: Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing 480,000 people each year. Effective strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use have been identified, but federal and state governments are disregarding opportunities to save lives. The annual "State of Tobacco Control" report grades the efforts of states and the federal government to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and draws a roadmap for what must be done to end the tobacco epidemic and save lives.


About the American Lung Association

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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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