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Report gives NC failing grades on tobacco control

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The American Lung Association is giving the nation's top tobacco-producing state failing grades for efforts to curb the death and diseases caused by tobacco use.

North Carolina received straight "F" grades in the group's annual State of Tobacco Control report released Thursday. The report looks at tobacco prevention and control spending, cessation, taxes and smoking restrictions.

The group says a significant increase in the state's cigarette tax will save lives by reducing the number of kids who start smoking and help adults quit smoking. North Carolina's tax is 45 cents per pack, one of the lowest in the nation.

No state received straight "A" grades in the report. North Carolina is joined by seven states, including South Carolina, in receiving failing grades in each category.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Smokers should have to show

Smokers should have to show proof of health insurance before purchasing cigarettes. Tax payers are tired of paying for folks that are not even closely trying to live a healthy lifestyle and then expect the rest of us to pick up the medical expenses.

really

Why don't you mind ur own business and let adults who want to smoke do it without you treating adults like little kids our life our decision so shut up, this is the united states of america not a place that does what you think we should do. Called freedom which you are trying to take away.

Tobacco in USA

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North Carolina gets all A's

North Carolina gets all A's and one F for not being a nanny state except when it comes to smoking in bars and restaurants. Let the idiot smokers do what they want, America is about making choices not the government making them for you.