2012-01-19 / Maine

Tobacco use report card shows slide

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s latest report card on tobacco use shows a continuing slide in the state’s grades.

The American Lung Association of Maine, whose report card is being released today, gives Maine an A for protecting people from secondhand smokeandaBforhelping smokers quit.

ButMainegetsaCfornot raising its cigarette tax beyond the current $ 2 per pack. The anti-smoking group gives Maine a D, its first ever, for tobacco-prevention funding that’s less than the federal government’s recommended figure.

The lung association’s Ed Miller says the A, B, C and D grades reflect a downward slide from 2005 when Maine got straight A’s.

The group favors a cigarette tax increase and continued Medicaid reimbursements for smoking cessation programs.

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