The American Lung Association has releases its annual state of tobacco control report.
The report evaluates state and federal governments on tobacco control laws and policies, and offers a blueprint to eliminate death and disease caused by tobacco use.
This year the report focused on the failure to fight tobacco use and how those failures lead to consequences including the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.
Illinois received a failing grade for all categories except one. The state earned an A for its efforts to protect secondhand smoke in public and workplaces. When it comes to funding programs that prevent and reduce tobacco use and having a high enough tax rate to prevent and reduce use, Illinois is not doing enough.
While it did give Illinois a failing grade for tobacco 21, Peoria has raised the age limit to 21 and state lawmakers are looking at the issue again, after it failed under former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.