Lung Group Says Missouri Failing on Tobacco Control

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The American Lung Association is giving Missouri a failing grade for its tobacco control efforts.

A report released Thursday says Missouri has nearly 9,600 deaths annually attributable to smoking.

Despite receiving $40 million from a settlement with tobacco companies, the report says that Missouri allotted less than $59,000 for tobacco control programs in this year’s budget.

Missouri also has the nation’s lowest tax on cigarettes.

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