During a Statehouse press conference Jan. 12, Doug Stafford, executive director of the American Lung Association (ALA) in Indiana, urged state legislators to support comprehensive smoke-free air policies and funding for tobacco control efforts.
His remarks were made after the ALA released results of its State of Tobacco Control 2009 report card showing Indiana flunked. The state was cited for its lack of comprehensive smoke-free air policies and cuts to program funding for tobacco prevention and control efforts.
“Indiana is quickly falling behind in efforts to protect Indiana’s citizens from tobacco-related illnesses,” said Stafford. “This is the year Indiana must pass comprehensive smoke-free air laws to protect our Hoosier neighbors and consider increasing funding for our tobacco prevention and control programs.”
The report gave an F to six other states: Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, South Caroling, Virginia and West Virginia. No state earned an A.
Read the full report here.