Idaho gets failing grades from American Lung Association | Health
The American Lung Association released its grades for the State of Tobacco Control 2013, and Idaho did not fare very well.
The report measures state and federal efforts to enact regulations and legislation that limit access to tobacco.
Although the state received a thumbs-up for “increasing its funding for tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives by about $1.6 million” for 2012, the state received an F for tobacco prevention and control program funding. Idaho should not feel too bad, because they have company in failing this category - 41 states and the District of Columbia also received an F.
"Overall funding for tobacco prevention and cessation activities increased substantially in 2012 from $1.2 million to over $2.8 million, which was a welcome development," the report read.
Due to Idaho's low cigarette tax, the state received an F in that category. Idaho has the 42nd highest state cigarrette tax out of the states and Washington, D.C.
The state also failed the cessation coverage category, because the state government does not provide adequate help for residents to quit. Idaho joins 43 other states that got a D or an F in this category.
The only category the Gem State received a passing grade in was the Smokefree Air category, which measures smoking restrictions in public places. Idaho got a B.
Despite Idaho's seemingly low grades, it ranked 43rd in smoking attributable deaths per 100,000 people, according to the report.
To see the full report, including methodology and the grades for all 50 states, click here.