Louisiana Gets Failing Grades On Tobacco Control

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Louisiana does not fare all that well in the 16th annual State of Tobacco Control report from the American Lung Association.

The organization gave the Pelican State an 'F' for tobacco prevention and cessation funding, as well as 'Fs' for tobacco taxes, access to cessation services and for not increasing the legal age to 21 for purchases of tobacco products.

The state did get a 'B' in the category of smoke-free air.

Among other things, the ALA is urging Louisiana to expand the smoke-free law to include bar and casino worker protections and to sustain tobacco prevention and cessation funding.

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