US Comes Top—and Bottom—of the Class

The US government earned as many Fs as As for its efforts to curb youth vaping and tobacco use, according to the 2020 report card from The American Lung Association.
 
While the USG got top marks for increasing the tobacco-buying age to 21, it failed to protect young people from the dangers of e-cigarettes.
 
1 in 4 teens now vape—up 135% in just 2 years.
 
The government also earned an A for mass media prevention campaigns, but an F for federal tobacco tax levels.
 
In another report card of sorts, the STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) campaign added 18 new organizations from 10 countries to its roster of tobacco industry allies (seemingly benign “astroturf” and other groups that actually promote Big Tobacco)—including: 

  • The Switzerland-based Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation—founded by British American Tobacco
  • The Brazilian Institute for Ethics and Competition, which lobbies against cigarette taxes.
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