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North Carolina scores nearly all F's in new anti-smoking report

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina scored nearly all F's in the American Lung Association's new report on anti-smoking initiatives. The 2007 State of Tobacco Control report released Thursday flunked the state for its low cigarette tax of 35 cents a pack, which is the seventh lowest tax in the country. North Carolina also received an F for spending on tobacco control programs. The almost $19 million the state plans to spend this fiscal year is less than half recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. North Carolina also got an F for its smoke-free-air legislation. Although smoking is banned in state government buildings, there isn't a ban for private workplaces. The state was also penalized for not allowing cities, towns and counties to pass smoke-free ordinances stricter than state law. The state scored a C for its laws restricting youth access to tobacco. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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