The American Lung Association says that 5.6 million of today's youth will die from tobacco use unless action is taken. Now a report just released is calling on West Virginia to renew its commitment to eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease.
Hancock County received an "F" on the American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control report, citing that West Virginia still fails to stop tobacco use; the leading cause of preventable death in the state. Residents are shocked, but say something needs to be done to end the smoking.
The report tracks yearly progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.
West Virginia received the following grades for 2013: "F" in Funding for Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs, Smoke free Air, Cigarette Tax, and Cessation Coverage.
Hancock County's health department administrator, Jackie Huff, said they are making progress and are looking at other county's programs to see what will work best for them.