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Poor grades for Florida

Written by Healthy Living

According to the recent “State of Tobacco Control” released by the American Lung Association (ALA), Florida made poor grades when it came to implementing tobacco policies. “Nationwide, smoking rates have continued to decline to historically low levels, yet tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease killing over 480,000 Americans each year,” says American Lung Association Executive Vice President Martha Bogdan. “Tobacco use is a serious addiction, and the fact that 15.5 percent of Florida residents are current smokers highlights how much work remains to be done in our communities to prevent and reduce tobacco use.”
The state report card doesn’t look good:
Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs – Grade F
Strength of Smoke-free Workplace Laws – Grade B
Level of State Tobacco Taxes – Grade F
Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco – Grade D
Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21 – Grade F
Numerous studies show that seven of 10 smokers want to quit but cannot let go of their serious addiction. However, more were able to quit smoking when coverage for tobacco treatments included access to all seven FDA-approved medications to help smokers quit and counseling without copays and prior authorization. The National Academy of Medicine found making 21 the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products could also prevent a significant number of deaths.

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