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Wisconsin earns same grades in American Lung Association smoking report

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The American Lung Association gave Wisconsin the same grades as a year ago for its efforts to cut smoking -- "F" for state spending on tobacco prevention, another "F" for its stop-smoking programs, "A" for Wisconsin's public indoor smoking ban, and "B" for its high cigarette tax.  

A year ago, the Lung Association scolded the state for spending only 11.5 percent of what the federal government recommends for smoking prevention.  

In Wednesday's report, the Lung Association said it was grateful that majority Republicans didn't cut prevention and cessation programs any further.  

The group noted that smoking by Wisconsin teens continues to go down -- although one in every five adults are still puffing away, paying a state cigarette tax that's among the highest in the nation at $2.52 a pack.  

The Lung Association said it failed to get Wisconsin lawmakers to raise taxes on other tobacco products, including candy-flavored cigarettes.  

The group says it will fight a proposed bill this spring to to exempt electronic cigarettes from the state's workplace smoking ban.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)