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Kansas gets ‘Fs’ from American Lung Association

January 14, 2009

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The American Lung Association flunks Kansas in its annual report card on smoking in three out of four categories. And the fourth was just a notch above an "F."

The group gave Kansas "F'' grades for money spent on educating current smokers; for the amount of smoke-fee air in the state; for a lack of state programs to help people quit smoking. Kansas won a "D'' for the 79-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes. The ALA thinks it should be more.

The report says tobacco use kills 3,900 Kansans a year, and almost 18 percent of Kansas adults smoke. The group also says smoke-related health problems cost Kansas $1.75 million annually.

The association says Kansas spends just over $2 million per year on tobacco control and prevention, while the Centers for Disease Control recommends spending $32 million.

Comments

jj024 5 years, 3 months ago

bunch of sheep is what they think we are. How much to people have to see before it they realize that it has nothing to do with health. It is all propaganda from the candy industry.

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cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad you esplained it to me , nevermind

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 3 months ago

cowboy, what you know about pineapple? emily knew a lot, but nevermind, the hawk knows someone who finished last in a commission and the winners have ended up putting Lawrence last on the short list for first?Pity poor Lawrence in 2009.

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 3 months ago

I would love to see someone add up all the deaths from "causes" of death noted by some governmental agency or special interest group like the ALA and compare it with the actual number of deaths in the state. I don't know, but I would bet some serious change that the total would exceed the total number of deaths in the state.

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cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

Is hawk related to Emily Litella or what ? Nevermind....

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 3 months ago

So we save 3,900 people a year and then the funeral industry needs a bailout.Next it will be diabetes funding, then skin cancer funding, then whatever else comes along that someone doesn't like. Where is the funding for facilites, employees, training, advertising for Obesity. That is the problem. Fat people. YOu see, sidewalks could be narrower, streets narrower because cars would be smaller. Smaller homes, everything smaller. The global warming would slow.This nonsense about smoking is what iit is. The problem is not smoking , it is the addtives. You think those guys in the civil war died from lung cancer? It was when the WW!! came along and then later that the cigarettes were being pumped full of stuff to make them addictive.Maybe it is time to legalize pot and everyone smoke dope.All I know is that 32 million spent annually is a waste to save 1.75 annually.

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XD40 5 years, 3 months ago

The ALA is just a bunch of facist, finger waggling nannys. They should go straight to hell. There's both smoke and fire there.

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Jaylee 5 years, 3 months ago

hawk & agl,it also says 3900 Kansans die each year. i have no idea what the average funeral costs in Kansas, but it would take $7800 a funeral to even out the rest of that money.which seems like its way out of this world high but i have no idea.aside from that, if you look at how much less people would be spending on cigarettes every year if they were quitting.the 1.75 million seems to only be what the state claims to lose every year due to smoking related health costs.either way i could easily see 32 mil get dropped to help smokers quit. new facilities, employees, training, advertising, etc.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 3 months ago

Why would Kansas spend 32 million (what the CDC recommends) on a problem that according to article only costs Kansas 1.75 million...this makes me want to smoke to understand the numbers better. something isn't adding up in the article.

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spankyandcranky 5 years, 3 months ago

Lazria, agl, xbusguy, cowboy, and keebler1rk all make good points. It seems unlikely that spending money on this issue is something Kathy Sebelius has on her agenda ... unless she plans on raising taxes on cigarettes. Unlikely. But even if she did, the money would probably go to something else.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 3 months ago

Why doesnt the American Lung Associaton team up with funeral homes and offer discount funerals for folks who want to give up smoking?Danimal , if farting becomes illegal, what will Lawrence do?The town is one big fart. Will Lawrence become illegal and removed from the state of Kansas and the US.Pity poor Lawrence if it continues to fart too much.

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Danimal 5 years, 3 months ago

Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! Duuuuuuumb!Who cares, smoking is a personal choice, ban it in restaurants and be done with it. With all the enviro-crazies and the EPA harping on carbon emissions and green house gases it won't be long before farting is illegal.

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Robert Kiefer 5 years, 3 months ago

If the American Lung Association wants more programs in Kansas they can belly up & pay for it themselves. Nothing more than a collection of fussy morality cops with nothing better to do than complain about the smell! I am a former smoker NO thanks to the A.L.A. Damn good at raising money though!

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 3 months ago

Let's give them an 'F' right back.THAT'LL teach'em something.

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cowboy 5 years, 3 months ago

Kansas has received over 500 million in tobacco settlement monies. they have spent less than 7% of that on tobacco related issues. Why not build a regional smokers rehab centers with some of those funds and show some true concern. Anything coming out of the states mouth is simply cash mongering.I have always thought that a rehab center work work. Lock em up for a couple weeks , feed em well , work em out , help em get thru the worst period and give smokers a decent shot at quitting. get some of the cost underwritten by health insurance or charge on a sliding scale . I'd think the 1.75 million is a really low figure , but , on the flipside we all die of something and could cost the state money either way.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

Wait….we're supposed to spend $32 million to try and stop a $1.75 million problem?-------------------------------------At least we get a C in math.

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Stephanie Anderson 5 years, 3 months ago

Wait....we're supposed to spend $32 million to try and stop a $1.75 million problem?

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Jake Esau 5 years, 3 months ago

Pass the statewide smoking ban. Lawrence was ahead of the curve on this.

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Joel Hood 5 years, 3 months ago

Where's Rob Reiner when you need him?!?!?!

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