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Washington gets mixed results in tobacco control
Washington gets mixed results in tobacco control

The state of Washington fared better than most in the American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control 2013 report.

The report measures state and federal efforts to enact regulations and legislation that limit access to tobacco.

Washington received an F in Tobacco Prevention and Control Program funding - 41 states and Washington, D.C., also failed that category.

"A struggling economy and weak revenue forecasts continued in 2012, dashing hopes of re-establishing Washington's once successful tobacco prevention and control program," the report said. "The prgram was victim to regular cuts and was completely eliminated at the end of the 2011 legislative session leaving Washington as one of the only states without quitline services available for residents throughout the state.

The state got an A for its cigarette tax, which is at $3.025 a pack. Washington has the fifth-highest cigarette tax. THe national average is $1.49 per pack.

The Evergreen State also received an A for smokefree air for prohibiting smoking at government and private worksites, schools, child care facilities, restaurants, nontribal casinos, bars, retail stores and recreational facilities.

The state got an F for cessation coverage despite maintaining funding for those enrolled in the state's Medicaid program. 

Washington had 261 smoking attributable deaths per 100,000 population.

To see the full report, including the study's methodology, click here.


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