Wisconsin Graded On Tobacco Use

By KBJR Manager

Wisconsin Graded On Tobacco Use

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Wisconsin’s tobacco control policies earned mixed grades, with low marks for tobacco control program funding and cessation resources offered to smokers, but high grades for smoke free air and cigarette tax in the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2010 report.

The annual report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous burden caused by tobacco use.

Wisconsin’s grades included an “A” for smoke free air, a “B” for its cigarette tax, and two “F”s for tobacco prevention and control funding, and for cessation coverage. This is the first time in the nine year history of the report that Wisconsin has received an “A” in any of the four categories.