Pa. Gets 2 Fs on Tobacco Report Card

The American Lung Association report gives Pennsylvania two failing grades.

The American Lung Association says Pennsylvania is not adequately funding programs to protect children and cut back on illnesses related to tobacco use.

This comes as a result the recent release of the State of Tobacco Control 2013 report. This is the 11th year for the report which looks at how states and the federal government are spending their money on tobacco control programs.

Pennsylvania received the following grades for 2012.

  • F in Funding for Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs (11% of CDC recommended spending)
  • C in Smokefree Air
  • C in Cigarette Taxes ($1.60 per pack)
  • F in Cessation Coverage

"Pennsylvania must make it a priority to invest in programs that keep kids off tobacco and to help smokers quit,” says Deb Brown, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, in a press release.  “That starts with increasing Pennsylvania’s current level of tobacco prevention and cessation funding.”

The American Lung Association estimates tobacco annually

  • Causes 20,025 deaths in Pennsylvania
  • Costs Pennsylvania $9.4 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity
  • Causes 443,000 deaths in the Unites States

The Lung Association is calling on Pennsylvania to raise taxes on tobacco products other than cigarettes.

“While no state earned an A or B on its report card for cessation, the Affordable Care Act creates new pathways to help smokers quit,” Brown says in a press release. “That is why Pennsylvania must include a cessation benefit in its Essential Health Benefit and Medicaid expansion plans.”

What do you think? Should the state be spending more money on tobacco education programs? Leave a comment.

Joanne January 23, 2013 at 05:28 PM
We would have more money for these programs if we taxed smokeless tobacco. This is logical, rational and fair. All tobacco products are addictive and threaten health.
al January 23, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Everyone, repeat, everyone (including my 6 yr old son, because I told him without any tax dollars) knows smoking is bad for your health. Please stop using tax dollars to '"educate" the brain dead who refuse to see the light. Let's just assume Darwin was right.
Mr W G York January 23, 2013 at 08:20 PM
keep e-cigs legal that would help people stop smoking cigarettes
Ezra Williams January 23, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Let's not outlaw them, just tax the hell out of addicts to pay for the programs to support other addicts (that includes people being addicted to lazy too). But it will sure make people like Joanne feel as if they and their government is so helpful to the less fortunate.
Helene January 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM
eventually stop selling cigarettes at least cut back to sell fewer brands until sales cease altogether with programs all along to help adicts kick the habi until the final phasing out.


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