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Montana gets mixed grades in tobacco report card from the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2022" report card for Montana.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2022" report card for Montana.

The American Lung Association’s 20th Annual State of Tobacco Control report is a mixed bag for Montana.

The group says the state has made inroads in reducing tobacco use, but adds there’s more work to be done.

The American Lung Association in Montana says there have been some statewide tobacco control success stories over the past two decades.

The organization’s latest report card gives the state an A for its laws protecting Montanans from secondhand smoke. Montana was awarded a B for its coverage and access to tobacco cessation programs.

However, the report also doled out three failing grades to Montana. The group says the state funds its tobacco prevention and control efforts at less than half the level recommended by the federal government.

The report also dings Montana for its level of state tobacco taxes and its lack of restrictions on flavored tobacco products.

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at edward.obrien@umt.edu.