CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The American Lung Association says New Hampshire does a poor job in preventing tobacco use and helping current smokers quick.
The association's annual "State of Tobacco Control" evaluates states and the federal government on five policies and laws it believes are necessary to save laws. New Hampshire got an "F'' grade for its funding of tobacco prevention and control programs and because it has not raised the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.
New Hampshire got a "D'' on three other measures: increased tobacco taxes, smoke-free workplace laws and access to cessation services.
The lung association estimates that 16 percent of adults in New Hampshire smoke, and that health care costs due to smoking are about $730 million a year.
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