Report: Idaho Performs Poorly in Cancer-Fighting Legislation


Idaho got bad marks this morning in a report card detailing how many American states are not measuring up on laws and policies to fight cancer.

The report, "How Do you Measure Up?" published by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, was unveiled today at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Chicago, Ill.

Idaho failed to meet benchmarks in the seven issues covered, according to the report. Specifically, the Gem State was faulted for having no requirements for coverage or screening of colorectal cancer, having less than 25 percent of the recommended funding for tobacco prevention, instituting no state law regarding tanning by those 13 years old and younger, and having low tax rates on cigarettes.

Efforts to regulate tanning and increase state taxes on cigarettes both failed during the 2012 session of the Idaho Legislature.

Only Delaware and Vermont reached a benchmark in five of the seven issues and only seven states—Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington—and the District of Columbia, reached benchmark in four of the areas.