NC Scores Nearly All F's In New Anti-Smoking Report

North Carolina scored nearly all F's in the American Lung Association's new report on anti-smoking initiatives.

The 2007 State of Tobacco Control report released Thursday flunked the state for its low cigarette tax of 35 cents a pack, which is the seventh lowest tax in the country.

North Carolina also received an F for spending on tobacco control programs. The almost $19 million the state plans to spend this fiscal year is less than half recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

North Carolina also got an F for its smoke-free-air legislation. Although smoking is banned in state government buildings, there isn't a ban for private workplaces. The state was also penalized for not allowing cities, towns and counties to pass smoke-free ordinances stricter than state law.

The state scored a C for its laws restricting youth access to tobacco.

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