SEATTLE – Tobacco continues to claim the cause of preventable death and disease in Washington state, says the American Lung Association in a scathing analysis that gives the evergreen state a failing grade in its efforts to prevent and reduce the use of nicotine and tobacco products.
The association's 17th annual "State of Tobacco Control" says Washington flunked into three major areas:
- Funding for state tobacco prevention programs – Grade F
- Coverage and access to services to quit tobacco – Grade F
- 19659004] Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21 – Grade F
However, the report did not give Washington a "C" for its level of state tobacco taxes of smokefree workplace laws.
The Lung Association says: "Almost 95 percent of smokers try their first cigarette by the age of 21
In fact, the association says that it is necessary to have a young person's health 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This equals one million additional youth beginning to use e-cigarettes, placing their developing bodies at risk from the chemicals in e-cigarettes, as well as a lifetime of deadly addiction, says the association.
"Increasing the "Carry Nyssen, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Washington."
"We call for Washington officials to take action and protect the Washington children by "Extracting the minimum sales of tobacco for tobacco, including e-cigarettes to 21."
Additionally, by increasing funding for tobacco control programs, Washington would have a powerful opportunity to further reduce and prevent tobacco use, Nyssen said.