American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2012 report released today
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
morning (Jan. 19th), the American Lung Association released its 2012
State of Tobacco Control report, which grades states and the federal government
on key tobacco control policies. This is the 10th year we’ve
released the report. We have set up a separate website for the report at www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org,
which we encourage you to check out.
Overall, the report found that the federal government
made major advances in 2011 to enact strong tobacco control policies, including
unveiling new graphic warning labels for cigarettes packages and advertisements
and offering comprehensive cessation benefits to federal employees and their
However, states, for the most part, failed to make any
progress in the fight against tobacco use in 2011, and some even regressed. No
state passed a comprehensive smokefree air law and only two states increased
tobacco taxes by amounts that will likely have little to no effect on smoking
rates. Cuts to vital tobacco prevention and cessation programs also continued.
Only four states – Delaware, Hawaii, Maine and Oklahoma – earned all passing
hope the report proves useful in your advocacy efforts in 2012. Please let me
know if you have any questions.
Source: Thomas Carr, Director, National
Policy, American Lung Association