Stamping Out Smoking
Annual American Lung Association report praises federal efforts to end smoking, finds states lacking.
The American Lung Association says most states are failing in their attempts to curb smoking and tobacco use.
The report finds state governments aren't doing enough to help smokers kick the habit and protect non-smokers from breathing in the toxins puffers exhale.
40 states and the District of Columbia received an "F" when it comes to funding tobacco prevention and control programs.
While some states have raised cigarette taxes, most are not funneling that extra money toward smoking cessation programs.
The federal government got a respectable "B" grade in the report, most notably for giving the Food and Drug Administration power to regulate the tobacco industry.
The FDA has banned flavored cigarettes and unveiled graphic warnings to be added to cigarette labels next year, and the health reform law requires insurance plans cover efforts to quit smoking.
Nationwide smoking rates had been falling, but over the last few years they've stalled among kids and adults.
23 states do not have comprehensive smoke-free air laws that ban smoking in workplaces and public spaces.
Every state has a quit smoking hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
You can also get help at www.BecomeAnEx.org