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More Failing Grades For South Dakota’s Tobacco Control Efforts

(January 25, 2017) - BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA

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The American Lung Association released its annual report card on state efforts to reduce tobacco use today, and South Dakota again earned mostly failing grades. The 2017 State of Tobacco Control Report gave the state four “F” grades for tobacco prevention and control funding, tobacco taxes, access to cessation services, and a new category, minimum age. South Dakota’s only passing grade was a “B” for smoke free air.

“This is a disappointing report card on the efforts in South Dakota to reduce the harm and destruction from tobacco, based on programs and funding proven effective,” said Pat McKone, senior regional director of tobacco control and advocacy for the American Lung Association in South Dakota.

In comparison, North Dakota fared better in the 2017 report, earning “A” grades for smoke free air and tobacco prevention and control program funding, and a “B” for access to cessation services; Minnesota earned an “A” for smoke free air and a “B” for tobacco taxes.

The State of Tobacco Control Report evaluates tobacco control policies at the state and federal level, and assigns grades based on whether laws protect citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives. The entire report can be found online at


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