American Lung Association: States, federal government get an ‘F’ on smoking prevention

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NEW YORK (NBC News) A new report from the American Lung Association slams both federal and state governments for not doing enough to stop people from smoking.

The American Lung Association gave 43 states and Washington D.C. a failing grade when it comes to funding prevention programs.

The dramatic increase in the kids using e-cigarettes is another cause for concern.

“The e-cigarette epidemic is threatening to erase all of the progress that the United States has made in reducing tobacco rates in general,” says the Lung Association’s Erika Sward.

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 20-percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes last year. 

The Lung Association says there are steps the FDA can take to reverse the trend.

“Primarily prohibiting all flavored tobacco products and to remove them from the market,” Sward says.

While no state got a perfect “A” in the report the best states overall were Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts Aad Washington D.C.

The worst were Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Virginia.

 

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