DES MOINES, Iowa -- About 480,000 Americans die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke every year, making it the leading cause of preventable death.
While Iowa puts more than $5 million toward smoking prevention, the American Lung Association says that’s not enough.
In its annual report, the association gave the state of Iowa a failing grade for tobacco prevention and cessation funding, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services.
The report recommends $12 million in funding for the Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, the same amount it was given in 2008. This year, the division was given a budget of only $5.53 million.
The association also suggests a $1 increase of tax placed on cigarettes, bumping taxes to $2.36 per pack.
The report did, however, give Iowa an “A” grade in the category of smoke-free air.
Click here to read the full report.