Friday, January 20, 2012

Texas Flunks Tobacco Control in Lung Association Report

Every year in Texas, more than 24,500 people die from tobacco-related illnesses, and Texans lose more than $20 billion from medical expenses, premature death, and lost productivity. The state’s feeble efforts to halt tobacco’s human and economic toll caused the American Lung Association to give Texas failing grades when it comes to tobacco control.

The reasons behind the grades? The lung association cites Texas for failing to pass a public smoking ban during the 2011 session; spending just 4.6 percent (less than $12.4 million) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s state spending recommendation of $226.3 million; and investing very little per person, just 29 cents, to help smokers quit.

1 comment :

  1. Come on people, this is Texas we're talking about... You know, bad ass cowboys, the Marlboro Man, of course they're smoking like crazy.

    Joking aside, it's too bad Texas is doing so louzy handling this problem, but the overall number of smokers has been decreasing in the US for some time now

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