ND gets good grade for tobacco control spending

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The American Lung Association says North Dakota is one of only two states to fund tobacco control and prevention programs above the federally recommended level.

The group in its annual State of Tobacco Control Report gives North Dakota an A grade for spending. Alaska also got that grade.

North Dakota's grades in other areas were lower: a C for helping state employees and people on Medicare quit smoking, a C for smoke-free air and an F for cigarette taxes.

South Dakota got an F grade for spending, at less than 50 percent of the federally recommended level. It also got an F for cessation aid, a C for its cigarette tax and a B for smoke-free air.