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Kansas gets failing grades in tobacco report

Once again, Kansas got failing marks in the American Lung Association's annual State of Tobacco Control report, released today.

The report grades states and the District of Columbia on smoke-free air laws; cigarette tax rates; tobacco prevention and control program funding; and coverage of cessation treatments and services, designed to help smokers quit.

Kansas earned an F in spending for tobacco prevention and control, smoke-free air and cessation coverage. It earned a D for its cigarette tax, which Gov. Mark Parkinson has proposed increasing. Parkinson also has proposed a statewide smoking ban. Both were part of his State of the State address on Monday.

The complete report is available at www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org.

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