New York receives mixed grades in State of Tobacco Control report card
New York state received mixed grades in a national review of tobacco control measures released Wednesday.
The American Lung Association gave New York two As for smoke-free air and having a cigarette tax, but the state failed in tobacco prevention and cessation coverage.
“New York’s report card on tobacco control is not one any parent will be proudly hanging on their refrigerator,” association spokesman Michael Seilback said in a statement.
The report card praised the state’s cigarette tax and smoke-free air laws, such as the one in New York City, which went into effect March 2003 and has since been expanded to include parks and electronic cigarettes.
But Seilback said the legislature fails to “adequately fund” the state’s tobacco control program. According to the association, New York cut funding for the program by $2 million in 2013.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of death in the state, according to the report card.
The state Department of Health did not immediately comment on the grades.
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