Indiana: Pros at Smoking, Flunks Tobacco Control Report Card

By Katrina Helmer

Making 2010 smoke-free.

January 19, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- The state of Indiana flunks the American Lung Association 10th annual report card.

The ALA gave Indiana three “Fs” and a “D” when it comes to tobacco control, spending, helping smokers quit and smoke-free air. Indiana is one of 23 states that still has not passed state-wide smoking bans.

Michigan and Ohio both got mixed grades but pulled ahead of Indiana with a “B” and an “A” for smoke-free air.

The report says that smoking cost Hoosiers almost $5 billion in 2011 in lost productivity and healthcare expenses.

Among other states that received “Fs”: Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. No state got straight “As” in the report.

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