South Dakota's grade in the Tobacco Control Report remains unchanged, according to the American Lung Association.
The annual State of Tobacco Control Report grades a state based on Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending, Smoke free Air, Cigarette Tax and Cessation.
South Dakota received an "F" in tobacco prevention. For Fiscal Year 2013 the state spent $3,999,830 for Tobacco Control programs. The Centers for Disease Control recommends $11,300,000 for best practices when it comes to tobacco control programs.
The state also received a "D" for cessation, or quitting smoking, despite investing more per smoker than the CDC recommends. According to the American Lung Association, South Dakota invests $13.28 per smoker and the CDC recommends $10.53 per smoker. However, in the state individualized counseling is only covered for pregnant women.
The next highest grade came through a "C" for the Cigarette Tax. The state taxes $1.53 for a 20-pack of cigarettes
The highest grade came as a "B" for South Dakota's smoke free air, partly due to the ban of smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars.
"While the year started with some rumored challenges to the strong smoke-free air law South Dakota voters approved two years ago, lawmakers wisely respected the will of the people and the statewide law remains intact, popular and effective," said Penny Gottier Fena, executive director of the American Lung Association in South Dakota.
Gottier Fena said in a news release, this year the American Lung Association in South Dakota will make a case for increasing South Dakota's tobacco prevention and control funding levels to the CDC recommendation.
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