NY Gets Mixed Marks on Smoking Policies (1/29/13)

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New York is getting mixed reviews when it comes to keeping a smoke free New York, according to the 2013 State of Tobacco Control report prepared by the American Lung Association.

The report is based on a grading system that measures health policies in the U.S.

New York received two "A's," one for its abundance of smoke free air in public places and another for its tobacco tax. In fact, New York has the highest tax rate on cigarettes in the nation at over four dollars per pack, according to the report. Other states such as Massachusetts and Virginia are further ahead in tobacco control, the report shows.

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