This grade tells you how well your state is doing in helping tobacco users quit. Quitting is hard. Smokers usually must try several times before they finally stop. Their chances of quitting greatly increase if they can get medications and counseling to help them. States need to cover all medications and forms of counseling that are proven to help smokers quit, and they need to make sure all tobacco users have easy access to them. This is especially important for people on Medicaid, who smoke at rates over 50 percent higher than the general population. States also need to invest in services that help people quit tobacco use over the phone, called quitlines, at recommended levels.


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The American Lung Association’s annual "State of Tobacco Control" report was released nationwide on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

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Surgeon General’s Report

Despite the great progress of the past, in the last few years, tobacco control efforts have slowed and in some areas, even stalled.

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