In a new report titled “State of Tobacco Control,” the American Lung Association gives Illinois grades in funding for smoking cessation and prevention programs, tobacco taxation and access to existing quit-smoking services.

And, not unlike the report cards my parents used to agonize over, Illinois' report card from the American Lung Association points out the need for improvement.

The Daily-Journal points out:

The Chicago Tribune reports the state got a failing grade for keeping the minimum age to buy all tobacco products including e-cigarettes at 18. The association points out the majority of states failed in that category.

The lung association advocates making 21 the minimum age to buy tobacco and supported a legislative effort last year to change the law in Illinois. Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed that legislation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the proportion of U.S. high school students using electronic cigarettes jumped between 2017 and 2018, from 11.7 percent to 20.8 percent.

Here's a quick breakdown of Illinois' grades:

  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: F
  • Tobacco Taxes: F
  • Access to Cessation Services: F
  • Tobacco 21: F
  • Smokefree Air: A

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