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Ohio flunks on two health grades to combat tobacco addiction

Posted by db last modified January 14, 2009

The 2008 American Lung Association report flunks Ohio on two measures: tobacco prevention & control spending, and cessation coverage, after Ohio pulls funding for prevention measures and services to help people quit tobacco use.

January 14, 2009: The State of Tobacco Control 2008 report produced by the American Lung Association grades the tobacco prevention and control efforts by all fifty states. In the report released this week, the grades for Ohio dropped to the following levels:

 Spending (funding) for Tobacco Prevention & Control        F
 Smokefree Air        A
 Cigarette Taxation        C
 Funding/efforts for cessation coverage        F

Taken from http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/2008/states/report-card.html?state=oh

The report tracks progress on key tobacco control laws and policies enacted as of January 1, 2009. These policies will significantly reduce the lives lost and economic costs caused by tobacco use.

Ohio sufferred its poor grades after state funds for tobacco prevention, data surveying, and cessation services were cut in 2008. Some services that were affected included services and centers in our community, including the OTREC, the Ohio Tobacco Research and Evaluation Center, located at Case Western Reserve University. (Click here for link to OTREC.) OTREC has produced several reports on tobacco use in Cuyahoga County.

For access to the details behind the report, click this link. This site has links to determing results of all fifty states and how states can improve results.

Keywords: Advocacy, County, Local, Policy, State, Tobacco

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