AUGUSTA -Maine has the best record in the country regarding curbing tobacco use according to the American Lung Association, but it doesn’t mean Mainers can breathe easy just yet.
Every year the American Lung Association gives states report cards, and this year Maine got an “A” on everything except for tobacco taxes, meaning the American Lung Association believes they’re not high enough.
While that’s an improvement compared to years past, officials said tobacco use by high schoolers in Maine has gone up.
“We want people to understand that tobacco use is still a problem in Maine and the nation. Like I said 480,000 Americans die every year related to tobacco,” said Lance Boucher, with Maine’s office of the American Lung Association.
According to him, while increased funding for tobacco prevention efforts is a good thing, they’re hoping Maine will prohibit flavored tobacco products next.