Posted by: audreybenenati | May 17, 2010

Tobacco control: States can do more


Although there has been success in tamping down tobacco use, states must continue making strides through cigarette taxes, public smoking bans and cessation support.

Editorial. Posted May 17, 2010.

In recent years, there’s been some good news from the trenches in the war on tobacco. But in some places, the advance has bogged down, leading to more tragic reminders that the price of not moving forward is paid in people’s lives.

A report on state tobacco control efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more states have been signing onto winning strategies against tobacco-related illness and death. Nearly half of the states have enacted tough smoke-free laws, and more than a dozen have raised taxes on cigarettes. These are proven ways of getting people to quit smoking — and to convince those who haven’t yet lit up that it’s just not worth it.

Read the rest at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/05/17/edsa0517.htm

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