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The American Lung Association recently took a look at how much states are spending to fight tobacco use, comparing their spending to recommended levels of spending set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The result: 41 states and the District of Columbia are spending less than half the recommended amount, and just two states spend the recommended amount.

This news was included in the ALA’s State of Tobacco Control 2015 report. It includes a state-by-state “report card” that grades states on various tobacco control and prevention actions. Most states performed poorly, the ALA said, with Indiana receiving an “F” for its lack of initiative on anti-tobacco measures.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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