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.