According to the American Lung Association’s 21, Arizona lags behind when it comes to policies that prevent and reduce tobacco useSt Annual State of Tobacco Control report released today. In this year’s report, the state received predominantly unsatisfactory grades.
The State of Tobacco Control report assesses state and federal tobacco control policies and recommends tobacco control laws and policies that have been proven to be effective in saving lives. This is critical as tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America, killing 8,250 Arizona residents each year.
“Arizona lags behind on tobacco control policies, and as a result, we have an above-average adult smoking rate at 13.1% and 20.7% of high school students use a tobacco product,” said JoAnna Strother, senior director of advocacy at the American Lung Association in Arizona. “This gives us an important opportunity to improve the health of our state through proven actions, such as: B. Creating a licensing system for tobacco retailers to stop retailers who continually sell to minors.”
The State of Tobacco Control report ranks states and the District of Columbia in five areas that have been proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use and save lives. In the 2023 report, Arizona received the following grades:
- Funding Government Tobacco Prevention Programs – Grade f
- Strength of smoke-free workplace laws – grade A
- Amount of State Tobacco Taxes – Class f
- Coverage and Access to Smoking Cessation Services – Class C
- Discontinued sales of all flavored tobacco products – grades f
This year’s report found that Arizona policymakers need to focus on tobacco control legislation that will restrict youth access to products and tobacco use by youth in Arizona. Arizona is one of a handful of states without a tobacco retail license, making it impossible to track where tobacco is being sold and leaving the state without effective tools to hold retailers accountable for illegal sales to minors.
Federal note overview
The report also assesses the federal government for its efforts to eliminate tobacco use. New steps were taken by the government this year to prevent and reduce tobacco use, including proposed rules to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, and Congress passed legislation requiring the FDA to regulate tobacco products containing synthetic nicotine , and increased federal enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act. As a result of these steps forward, the federal government’s grade for “Federal regulation of tobacco products” improved from a “D” grade last year to a “C” grade in the 2023 report.
The 2023 State of Tobacco Control report assesses the federal government in five areas:
- Federal Government Ordinance on Tobacco Products – Class C
- Nationwide coverage of smoking cessation treatments – class D
- State Tobacco Tax Amount – Class f
- Nationwide mass media campaigns to prevent and reduce tobacco use – Grade A
- Nationwide Minimum Selling Age for Tobacco Products to 21 – Incomplete
The FDA is overdue to release the final Tobacco-21 regulations as required by law, giving it an incomplete rating.
To learn more about this year’s State of Tobacco Control assessments and take action, visit Lung.org/sotc.