Illinois not doing enough to cut down tobacco, e-cigarette use: American Lung Association

Illinois leaders are not doing enough to reduce statewide tobacco use, according to a new study by the American Lung Association, blaming the failures on overly lenient state laws and insufficient funding.

The report, “State of Tobacco Control,” is the 17th edition evaluating the effectiveness of state and federal policies governing tobacco use and prevention.

The association gave Illinois failing grades in funding for smoking cessation and prevention programs, tobacco taxation and access to existing quit-smoking services.

Illinois also got an F for keeping the minimum age to buy all tobacco products at 18, including e-cigarettes, although the majority of states “failed” this category, according to the study. The association advocates making 21 the minimum age to buy tobacco and supported a legislative effort last year to change the law in Illinois.

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via News – Chicago Tribune

February 1, 2019 at 06:33PM

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