This year’s “State of Tobacco Control” report from the American Lung Association grades federal and state efforts to reduce tobacco use and calls for policies that will prevent and reduce tobacco use. The report finds that while Maine has taken significant steps to reduce tobacco use, illustrated by three A grades — in prevention and control program funding, smoke-free air, and access to cessation services — elected officials can do more by prohibiting flavored tobacco products and increasing the tobacco tax.

Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year.

In Maine, use of tobacco among those of high school age remains at 33%. Nationally, one in five teens vapes, and youth vaping and tobacco use overall are largely driven by flavored tobacco products.

Other than the A grades mentioned above, Maine received a C for its level of state tobacco taxes and an F for its efforts to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

To view the report, visit lung.org/sotc.