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In 'State of Tobacco Control,' Idaho Gets Another Failing Grade


  • American Lung Association
Idaho once more got failing grades in the American Lung Association's annual "State of Tobacco Control" report. The analysis concluded, "Idaho earned failing grades on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use." The report also pointed to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said youth e-cigarette use has reached "epidemic levels" due to a 78 percent increase in high school e-cig use from 2017 to 2018.

"Tobacco use is a serious addiction and we need to invest in the proven measures to prevent and reduce tobacco use," said Heather Kimmel, Director of Health Promotions for the American Lung Association in Idaho. “The ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report is a road map on how to save lives.”

In particular, the 17th-annual report found that Idaho earned the following grades:
  • F in the category of Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs
  • F in the category of Level of State Tobacco Taxes
  • F in the category of Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21
  • D in the category of Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco
  • C in the category of Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws
The report also indicates that the economic cost to the State of Idaho, due to smoking, is $508,053,436.