North Carolina has received one passing grade from the American Lung Association on the state's attempts to discourage smoking use. And that's an improvement over last year.
In a report released Thursday, the association gave North Carolina a "C" on smoking cessation, partially because of help available through the state Medicaid program. North Carolina received three "Fs" for smoke-free air, cigarette tax and tobacco prevention control and spending.
Last year, the state failed in all categories.
The association criticized the General Assembly for abolishing the Health and Wellness Trust Fund. The report notes that some of the money from the fund went to tobacco use prevention and cessation but notes that the money is non-recurring.
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