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.