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Report: States lacking in getting smokers to quit

(NBC) - A report by the American Lung Association has found state governments aren't doing enough to help smokers kick the habit and protect non-smokers from breathing in secondhand smoke.

The District of Columbia, along with 40 others states, received a grade of "F" when it came to funding tobacco prevention and control programs.

While some states have raised cigarette taxes, most are not funneling that extra money toward smoking cessation programs, the report said.

The federal government got a respectable "B" grade in the report, most notably for giving the Food and Drug Administration power to regulate the tobacco industry.

The FDA has banned flavored cigarettes and unveiled graphic warnings to be added to cigarette labels next year, and the health reform law requires insurance plans cover efforts to quit smoking.

Nationwide smoking rates had been falling, but over the last few years they've stalled among children and adults.

As many as 23 states do not have comprehensive smoke-free air laws that ban smoking in workplaces and public spaces.

Every state has a quit smoking hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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