The American Lung Association's annual "State of Tobacco Control" report found that New York state failed in its efforts to reduce tobacco use in 2016.

New York earned a "D" for failing to pass a statewide law to increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. The state received an "F" for funding for state tobacco prevention programs.

New York did receive an "A" for Smoke Free Air as one of 28 states that have passed comprehensive smoke free laws.

Here are the grades for New York:

  • Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs – Grade F
  • Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws - Grade A
  • Level of State Tobacco Taxes - B
  • Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco - D
  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21 – Grade

The report shows that most states and the federal government earned poor grades.


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