Pennsylvania gets a mixed grade for its efforts to deal with the leaidng cause of preventable death in the state. The American Lung Association says tobacco kills more than 20,000 Pennsylvanians and costs the economy more than $9 billion dollars in healthcare and lost productivity every year.
In its annual State of Tobacco Report for Pennsylvania, the group gives the Keystone state a C in smokefree air because casinos and some bars still allow indoor smoking. The state also gets a C for not increasing cigarette taxes and not enacting a tax on other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco.
Pennsvlvania gets F grades for its funding levels for prevention and control, and for coverage of cessation programs.
Prevention and cessation funding could be in jeopardy in Pennsylvania because of an unfavorable arbitration ruling in September 2013 between the Commonwealth and the tobacco industry in the Master Settlement Agreement.