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Maryland Fails In Tobacco Control

January 25th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

The American Lung Association annual “State of Tobacco Control” report shows Maryland has failing grades in two areas.  The ALA would like to see Maryland focus more on preserving funding for tobacco cessation and prevention, as well as end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. High school tobacco use in the state is at 15.6% and tobacco use is the leading cause of death in Maryland, taking almost 7,500 lives yearly.  Attorney General Anthony Brown recently joined other states to encourage the Biden Administration’s plan to ban menthol and other tobacco flavors.