Highlights of the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2014

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A state-by-state update on the progress of antismoking initiatives. States are graded on four metrics: tobacco prevention, smoke-free air, cigarette tax, and cessation coverage. For example, Kentucky received 4 F’s, while New York received grades of, F, A, A, and F, respectively.

Major parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act include new insurance options and incentives that cover quit-smoking treatments as a preventive care service.

The new Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health: 50th Anniversary, 1964–2014 documents the progress that has been made on reducing tobacco use over the past 50 years, and provides an update on the health effects of tobacco use.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launches its public education campaign, aimed at preventing priority populations from starting to use tobacco products. ■

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