The American Lung Association has released its annual report card on tobacco control. The link http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/ provides you with the full report, and you can find Arizona information is on page 52-53. You will see that once again we are among the majority of states receiving an “F” on Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending.
While Arizona is currently ranked among the top spenders on tobacco cessation and prevention, we received a failing grade based on the fact that state government devotes 34.4% of the CDC-recommended level. Sadly, most states, even those who use MSA funds for tobacco control, dedicate even less. We’ve had some great successes in the past couple of years, including the launching of a successful Venomocity campaign, 41% reduction among youth smoking 10+ cigarettes per day, 170,000 Arizonans quitting tobacco in 2009, and 89% of Arizona households reporting that they do not allow smoking in the home. So, when you read the report card, it is an important reminder despite the many successes that have occurred as a result of the hard work of so many folks across the state, there remains much work to be done.
If you have any questions or comments about the report, I invite you to blog about it and let’s discuss it here. I look forward to your input.
Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
150 North 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007