The report looks at four key areas: smoke-free air, tobacco control program funding, cigarette taxes and coverage of tobacco cessation treatments and services. Nevada earned an F in tobacco prevention and control spending, a D for its tax grade and an F in cessation coverage policies. On a positive note, Nevada earned a B for its smoke-free law.
“For Nevada, it is time to move forward with renewed resolve to reduce the devastating levels of death and disease caused by tobacco use,” said Amy Beaulieu, director of tobacco control policy for ALA Nevada. “When states get low or failing grades, the result is human tragedy. The report card tells clearly where Nevada can do dramatically better.”
The American Lung Association and other members of the Health Investment Partnership will push for a $1.20 increase in the tobacco tax at the Nevada legislative session beginning next month. Health Investment Partnership is a statewide coalition of public health organizations, health care agencies, nonprofit organizations and tobacco control advocates that support introducing a health impact fee on cigarettes and other tobacco products to help reduce Nevada’s budget deficit and save lives. The partnership is comprised of the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Nevada Cancer Institute, March of Dimes and the Nevada State Medical Association.