South Dakota Ranks 18th In Annual Report On Tobacco Control

(KMIT) — The American Lung Association recently released the 18th annual State of Tobacco Control report. The report found that South Dakota had mostly failing grades on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use…

“There’s an F in how the state is funded for tobacco prevention. There’s an F for taxes; we know that’s one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use. There’s an F for cessation services, access to best practices with cessation. There’s a better grade, I guess that’s one highlight is…is smoke-free air. I…you know that’s our clean indoor air law and the law to protect workers and individuals as we don’t want to breathe second-hand smoke.”

Pat McKone with the American Lung Association says vaping and e-cigarettes impacted this year’s study results…

“Well, it certainly has impacted the smoke-free air. We want to be sure that where you can’t smoke, also other tobacco products like e-cigarettes are not allowed to be used. Of course the minimum age is an important one for taking these products out of the reach of kids. That we don’t want 18 year-olds being able to purchase these products, because a lot of them are still in high school. So it impacts that. And taxes of course, kids are very sensitive to price.”

The report card can be found at lung.org.