Iowa receives 3 “F” grades in the State of Tobacco Control Report

LUMBER. A NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT IOWA COULD DO MORE TO LACK THE STATE’S TOBACCO USE. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION RELEASED ITS ANNUAL TOBACCO CONTROL REPORT TODAY. IT RATES STATES IN FIVE CATEGORIES. IOWA RECEIVED AN F IN THREE CATEGORIES. FUNDING FOR PREVENTION, TAXATION AND TAXATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS. AND REGULATION OF FLAVORED E-CIGARETTE. AND TO CORRECT IOWA’S DEFECTS IN THESE AREAS. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS. THEY WANT LEGISLATION TO KEEP FUNDING FOR TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAMS. BRIDGE THE GAP FOR CASINOS AND THE SMOKE FREE AIR ACT AND BRING ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCTS INTO THE DEFINITION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS. WE ARE IN CONTACT WITH THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMANITY

The American Lung Association is asking Iowa to take action to reduce tobacco use

A new report shows Iowa could do more to curb tobacco use in the state. The American Lung Association released its annual State of Tobacco Control Report on Wednesday. The report ranks states in five categories. Iowa received an “F” in three categories: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation FundingTobacco TaxesFlavored Tobacco Products To address Iowa’s deficiencies, the American Lung Association is asking Iowa elected officials to: “Maintain Funding for Tobacco Control Programs,” “Closing the Loophole for Casinos in the Smoke-Free Air Act” and “Include Alternatives to Nicotine Products in the Definition of Tobacco Products.” KCCI contacted the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services for comment, but we have received no response.

A new report shows Iowa could do more to curb tobacco use in the state.

The American Lung Association released its annual State of Tobacco Control Report on Wednesday.

The reporting rates indicate five categories.

Iowa received an “F” grade in three categories:

  • Funding for tobacco prevention and cessation
  • tobacco taxes
  • flavored tobacco products

To address Iowa’s deficiencies, the American Lung Association is asking Iowa’s elected officials to do the following:

  • “Maintaining funding for tobacco control programs,
  • “Close loophole for casinos in the Smokefree Air Act”
  • “Include alternative nicotine products in the definition of tobacco products.”

KCCI reached out to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services for comment, but we have received no response.

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